ICANNWatch
 
  Inside ICANNWatch  
Submit Story
Home
Lost Password
Preferences
Site Messages
Top 10 Lists
Latest Comments
Search by topic

Our Mission
ICANN for Beginners
About Us
How To Use This Site
ICANNWatch FAQ
Slash Tech Info
Link to Us
Write to Us

  Useful ICANN sites  
  • ICANN itself
  • Bret Fausett's ICANN Blog
  • Internet Governance Project
  • UN Working Group on Internet Governance
  • Karl Auerbach web site
  • Müller-Maguhn home
  • UDRPinfo.com;
  • UDRPlaw.net;
  • CircleID;
  • LatinoamerICANN Project
  • ICB Tollfree News

  •   At Large Membership and Civil Society Participation in ICANN  
  • icannatlarge.com;
  • Noncommercial Users Constituency of ICANN
  • NAIS Project
  • ICANN At Large Study Committee Final Report
  • ICANN (non)Members page
  • ICANN Membership Election site

  • ICANN-Related Reading
    Browse ICANNWatch by Subject

    Ted Byfied
    - ICANN: Defending Our Precious Bodily Fluids
    - Ushering in Banality
    - ICANN! No U CANN't!
    - roving_reporter
    - DNS: A Short History and a Short Future

    David Farber
    - Overcoming ICANN (PFIR statement)

    A. Michael Froomkin
    - When We Say US™, We Mean It!
    - ICANN 2.0: Meet The New Boss
    - Habermas@ discourse.net: Toward a Critical Theory of Cyberspace
    - ICANN and Anti-Trust (with Mark Lemley)
    - Wrong Turn in Cyberspace: Using ICANN to Route Around the APA & the Constitution (html)
    - Form and Substance in Cyberspace
    - ICANN's "Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy"-- Causes and (Partial) Cures

    Milton Mueller
    - Ruling the Root
    - Success by Default: A New Profile of Domain Name Trademark Disputes under ICANN's UDRP
    - Dancing the Quango: ICANN as International Regulatory Regime
    - Goverments and Country Names: ICANN's Transformation into an Intergovernmental Regime
    - Competing DNS Roots: Creative Destruction or Just Plain Destruction?
    - Rough Justice: A Statistical Assessment of the UDRP
    - ICANN and Internet Governance

    David Post
    - Governing Cyberspace, or Where is James Madison When We Need Him?
    - The 'Unsettled Paradox': The Internet, the State, and the Consent of the Governed

    Jonathan Weinberg
    - Sitefinder and Internet Governance
    - ICANN, Internet Stability, and New Top Level Domains
    - Geeks and Greeks
    - ICANN and the Problem of Legitimacy

    Highlights of the ICANNWatch Archive
    (June 1999 - March 2001)


     
    Alternate Roots 'MultiBind'?
    posted by michael on Thursday April 05 2001, @03:38PM

    A posting to the GA list from the self-styled "American Webmasters" announces the existence of a beta version of "MultiBind" - a fork from "Bind" (by far the most popular DNS management program) that it says makes subscribing to multiple alternate roots easy. Full text, and some comments, inside.



    Here's the text of the email.
    From: "MultiBind (tm) - LION MAIL"
    To: ga@dnso.org
    Cc: nanog@nanog.org
    Subject: [ga] MultiBind Testers Wanted

    American Webmasters is completing modifications to Bind 9.1.1 in a new version called MultiBind. MultiBind solves the problem of multiple root networks on the internet by allowing the specification of more than one root.cache file.

    Cache files are processed in order of sysadmin-specified preference. When looking for a TLD, MultiBind searches each of the RSNs until a match is found.

    MultiBind will also allow the sysadmin to specify RSN-TLD preferences so that control is not just at the root server level.

    We are looking for testers - anyone who would like the code, please respond here. The beta release will be ready on May 1, 2001

    Lion
    http://www.nic.lion

    The e-mail's source is adns.net, which operates alternate TLDs named .earth, .usa, and .Z .

    I think the value of this feature is it will provide comfort to the nervous. It's already possible to point one's DNS service at any of a number of domain name servers that carry the full legacy (Dept. of Commerce/ICANN) root, plus many other domains. To a certain extent, that puts the onus of sorting out conflicting claims on the maintainer of that DNS server, or the person running the root zone on which it relies. BIND is not exactly a consumer product - it's used by name servers only.

    Thus, I think the primary virtue of this program will be to give comfort to name server operators and ISPs who might (reasonably?) be afraid that if they picked the wrong service someone might tinker with the resolution of the legacy root and send their customers to the wrong .com. If this product exists, and works as described, it should be possible to instruct a DNS server to always use the legacy root until it comes up empty, then -- and only then -- use the alternates. That has to be more comfortable for a business, even if it also means they take on the task of sorting competing claims among alternate root operators.

    [To respond, or start a new comment thread, click the "Send Your Comment" button in the yellow box to the right.]

     
      ICANNWatch Login  
    Nickname:

    Password:

    [ Don't have an account yet? Please create one. It's not required, but as a registered user you can customize the site, post comments with your name, and accumulate reputation points ("karma") that will make your comments more visible. ]

     
      Related Links  
  • adns.net
  • BIND
  •  
    This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
    'MultiBind'? | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 6 comments | Search Discussion
    Click this button to post a comment to this story
    The options below will change how the comments display
    Threshold:
    Check box to change your default comment view
    The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
    Re: 'MultiBind'?
    by Jon_Weinberg on Tuesday April 10 2001, @03:29PM (#507)
    User #16 Info | www.threecats.net
    Paul Vixie, on NANOG, has responded that notwithstanding that the source code for BIND is available under a BSD-style license, so that it can be modified and redistributed, the word "Multibind" may infringe the Internet Software Consortium's trademark in the name "BIND". He continued:
    ISC's long-held position is that any proposal involving "multiple root networks" is nothing short of domain piracy and also violates the DNS protocol. . . . [T]he possibly infringing product "MultiBind" from American
    Webmasters directly contravenes the IETF IAB's position as laid out in RFC 2826. ISC *strongly* recommends that the comments in RFC 2826 be heeded by the Internet community, and that the extensions described above for the infringing product "MultiBind" *not* be used by anyone connected to the Internet. (footnotes omitted)
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re: 'MultiBind'?
    by hta on Sunday April 15 2001, @10:25AM (#532)
    User #2773 Info
    Technically, the most profound effect of MultiBind is that it will multiply by the number of alternate roots configured the time required to return an error message when the user types ".con" instead of ".com".
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]


    Search ICANNWatch.org:


    Privacy Policy: We will not knowingly give out your personal data -- other than identifying your postings in the way you direct by setting your configuration options -- without a court order. All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 by ICANNWatch.Org. This web site was made with Slashcode, a web portal system written in perl. Slashcode is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL license.
    You can syndicate our headlines in .rdf, .rss, or .xml. Domain registration services donated by DomainRegistry.com