[dnsext] draft-diao-aip-dns

Tony Finch <dot@dotat.at> Sun, 17 June 2012 17:01 UTC

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So this "DNS Extension for Autonomous Internet" caught my eye. There are
clearly a number of autonomy-related requirements that the DNS does not
satisfy, such as private/internal names and ad-hoc networking. These are
currently satisfied by working outside the architecture - BIND's views and
multicast DNS respectively.

However this draft is not about any of that. It appears to be proposing a
technical workaround for dissatisfaction with ICANN's management of the
DNS namespace. But it seems to me that none of this is necessary: all it
is doing is shifting the namespace down a level.

That is you can get a similar result by observing that an AIP network
number performs the same function as a top-level domain and an AIP gateway
performs the same function as a root name server. Instead of resolver
search paths, AIP changes the resolution rules to deal with the difference
between local names within the user's AIP network and global names in
other AIP networks.

So a nation-state can get unilateral autonomy within the current DNS
without changing any software or protocols by:

(1) Designating a TLD for this purpose (with or without the co-operation
of ICANN);

(2) Requiring all resolvers to configure name server addresses and a
DNSSEC trust anchor for this TLD, so that it is independent of the root;

(2) Requiring everyone to include the TLD in their resolver search paths,
so users do not need to mention it in their domain names.

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