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    New Military-Grade Root Servers From the Uncle Sam
    by Anonymous on Saturday October 01 2005, @02:32AM (#16256)
    New Military-Grade Root Servers From the Uncle Sam

    The U.S. Government, Department of Homeland Security
    and major telcos are in the process of migrating
    to new "Military-Grade Root Servers".

    Having a loose cannon like Paul Vixie
    running around deploying (selling for a profit)
    clones of his root servers does not create a
    stable situation. Technologists have proven
    that the clones cause technical problems with
    reliable protocols such as TCP becoming confused
    what clone-du-jour they are talking to. Highly
    fragmented UDP packets also end up scattered
    to various clones and do not get re-assembled
    properly. That causes unstable replies. Paul
    Vixie does not care, he is making money selling
    the clones without any over-sight from ICANN
    or the U.S. Government.

    The solution to fixing the cloned root-server
    problems is of course to serve all 13
    root-server addresses inside of the ISP's
    network and not to risk sending traffic to the
    unreliable clones. Another similar solution is
    to route the 13 addresses to proxy systems
    which connect to the reliable U.S. Government
    military root-servers.

    Broadband consumers have a better option which is
    to NOT use any root servers. Their edge routers
    can locate and connect directly to the TLD
    servers, which are not root-servers. As the
    U.S. Government attempts to harden the
    root-servers and lock-down the DNS and deploy
    more layers of security, consumers route around
    them.

    What is evolving is something similar to cable
    TV, broadband users will have better access to
    more content and users under the U.S. Government
    root-servers will be restricted, but stable and
    secure. Over time, the U.S. Government
    root-servers will see less and less traffic
    making them even more secure. At some point the
    U.S. Government will be able to disconnect their
    root-servers and turn them off. Those servers
    will be very secure and stable with no power,
    and buried in a land-fill.
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