Re: [DNSOP] Fundamental ANAME problems

Ray Bellis <> Tue, 06 November 2018 00:43 UTC

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On 06/11/2018 04:07, Joe Abley wrote:

> Specifically, I s the wildcard owner name a real problem in the grand
> scheme of things? I understand that wildcards are used by some people
> for names that feature in HTTP URIs, but I'm struggling to imagine
> using a wildcard at a zone cut; [...]

You're not wrong, because most often the wildcard is indeed a label 
below that cut.

However, the intent is that this record would eventually replace *all* 
use of CNAME for web redirection regardless of whether at the zone cut 
or not.

This isn't a wildcard example, but here's a re-post of a currently 
impossible zone configuration from one of my emails Sunday:

@                IN SOA   ...
                  IN NS    ...
company-division IN MX    <company mail system>
company-division IN CNAME <cdn web host>

Replacing that CNAME with HTTP makes this configuration possible.

> To be clear, the rules are clear and you should feel as empowered as
> anybody to apply for an early assignment of an RRTYPE and start
> writing code. If I sounded like I was arguing against that I
> definitely apologise!

No worries! :)

> However I think that a more coordinated approach that involves people
> from both web and DNS communities to understand the problem space is
> more sensible, though, and more likely to be productive for this
> working group. It's not clear to me that either community has a great
> track record just guessing at what the other one wants.

I've been actively socialising this with web people since Saturday even 
before the draft was submitted.  I'm going to be talking about it 
briefly at HTTP-bis this morning.

This draft is IMHO not so much a "guess", but a "starting point" based 
on what web folks said at the side meeting in Montreal.

Yes, it'll require browser implementors to update their code, but the 
alternative is breaking the camel's back.