[DNS] *.com.au & *.au.com.au

[DNS] *.com.au & *.au.com.au

From: James Davis <james§tekscape-its.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 14:42:30 +0800
    In addition, I would ask you guys to review the following domains in
addition to the above ones.


I'm sure there are others, but these are the main ones that I could see
causing problems for external companies.

They are also owned by the same person. So you can assume the behaviour
attributed to .com.com.au and au.com.au will be the same on these..
Out of curiosity, what was the justification / reasoning that allowed this
person to be able to register these domains? Is there a close and
substantial name match to the company?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Wright" <chris&#167;ausregistry.com.au>
To: <dns&#167;dotau.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 1:54 PM
Subject: Re: [DNS] *.com.au & *.au.com.au


I would have to agree with Kim on this. Not allowing domain names to be
registered because of a failure of a certain company to implement their
DNS resolver appropriately (or at least with easy to use options to make
it behave rationally) is not the way to address the issue.

Where is the motivation for the company to fix their resolver?

In the mean time there are workarounds described in the pages linked
from the original post that affected organisations can deploy.

RFC1535 and RFC1536 both covered off on this issue back in 1993 with
suggestions on how resolver implementers should fix the problem. It is
appalling that 13 years later the situation still has not been addressed
by a certain company. (Although the situation is slightly different, in
that the system of 2LDs in use in .au changes the local/public
boundaries as compared to the GTLD space, however if we can have region
specific locales and date formats then having region specific (domain
specific) resolver behaviour should not be too much to ask for)

Given that auDA is amongst the last ccTLD's to release names of this
nature, the solution has been described in RFCs for 13 odd years and
that clearly the problem has been around (and subsequently addressed by
MOST resolvers) in the GTLD space for at least that long (check out the
* record on edu.com for example). I don't believe that the decision made
by auDA to release these names was made without consideration.

In the mean time, I am aware that auDA are actually in contact with the
registrant of the two mentioned domains and are going to make it clear
to them that the wildcard records are to be removed and that continuing
to use the domain in the way that it is currently being used would
result in the registration being revoked.


Chris Wright

Chief Technology Officer

AusRegistry Pty Ltd


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