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

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

From: Jon Lawrence <jon§jonlawrence.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 19:58:57 +0100
>In some respects it'd be nicer if ASIC and the various state agencies
>automagically assigned entities that registered with them with an
>appropriate DNS name. But I think that is a broader discussion to have
>some other time.

What a great idea.  Perhaps they could use ACN or ABN numbers.  I'm sure
every Australian business would love to have a domain name like
45689456548.com.au.  Or, perhaps a neater technical solution would be for
ASIC et al to take over APNIC and instead of allowing companies to register
names at all, they could just assign them an IP address.  Then we could get
rid of this troublesome DNS system altogether.

Jon

-----Original Message-----
From: dns-bounces+jon=jonlawrence.com&#167;dotau.org
[mailto:dns-bounces+jon=jonlawrence.com&#167;dotau.org] On Behalf Of Anand Kumria
Sent: 24 July 2006 18:55
To: Kim Davies
Cc: .au DNS Discussion List
Subject: Re: [DNS] *.com.au & *.au.com.au

On Mon, Jul 24, 2006 at 05:38:40PM +0000, Kim Davies wrote:
> Quoting Anand Kumria on Tuesday July 25, 2006:
> | If I am not mistaken you should be able to neutralise this on the Unix
> | DNS side by specifiying the zones in question to be "delegation-only".
> | Another way to do this would be to setup the zones ccTLD.com.au and
> | GTLD.com.au yourself and always return NXDOMAIN.
> 
> I'm not sure, oh say, travel.com.au would be happy with their domain
> being quashed by virtue of a gTLD introduced 10 years after they
> registered their domain.
> 
> One problem is that the set of TLDs is not static, but with a two letter
> prohibition at least captures all possible ISO-3166-1 alpha-2 codes.

Hmm, I had not thought of that one. However established TLDs like
.net (net.com.au) , .com (com.com.au), should not be able to be registered.

That being said, part of the problem here is the allowed discrepency
between a legal name (The Travel Specialists P/L) and the DNS name
(travel.com.au).

In some respects it'd be nicer if ASIC and the various state agencies
automagically assigned entities that registered with them with an
appropriate DNS name. But I think that is a broader discussion to have
some other time.

> The real solution is that resolvers the _preference_ .au.com.au over .au
> are broken and should be fixed. Blocking otherwise legal domains is just
> applying a crude hack to patch up another hack. Just get rid of the root
> cause.

Yes, I agree searchlists are broken. 

Anand

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