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Re: Root Server Operators (Re: What *are* they smoking?)
Paul Vixie wrote:
Paul,actually, i had it convincingly argued to me today that wildcards in root or top level domains were likely to be security problems, and that domains like .museum were the exception rather than the rule, and that bind's configuration should permit a knob like "don't accept anything but delegations unless it's .museum or a non-root non-tld". i guess the ietf has a lot to think about now.
I would argue as seen in some of my other posts, that the wildcard feature of .museum is not always wanted either. Would it not be wise to push forward into the future with support for software to request if it wants a wildcard or not? While a wildcard bit is ideal, there are methods of determining wildcard programatically. Being able to cache and handle such information is important as different applications have different requirements.
After all, is this the Internet or just the World Wide Web? wildcards at the roots are catering solely to the web and disrupting other protocols which require NXDOMAIN.