Re: [DNSOP] additional special names Fwd: I-D Action: draft-chapin-additional-reserved-tlds-00.txt

Paul Hoffman <> Wed, 29 January 2014 15:21 UTC

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On Jan 28, 2014, at 9:54 PM, John Levine <> wrote:

>> I believe that with the considerable sleuthing abilities of the IETF
>> community, we ought to be able to take this initial set of observed data
>> and treat it as a call to action for the IETF community, for someone to
>> step forward and tell us *why* those names are in use, are leaking out
>> to the root name servers, and what the intended use is for these names.
> Um, we already know.  They're used to name things on private networks,
> often behind a NAT, and they leak out for random not particularly
> interesting reasons, such as people taking their laptops on trips
> which then look for the printer that lives on their office LAN when
> they're connected to the wifi at a coffee shop.

All that, plus "on their corporate network, there are search lists that allow shortened names; when they take their laptop off that network, they try to type in the shortened name".

--Paul Hoffman