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Jan 2, 2019 - DNS Flag Day - February 1, 2019

DNS Flag Day - February 1, 2019

On Friday, February 1, 2019,what's being called "DNS Flag Day" will come to pass.

On DNS Flag Day, DNS software and service providers will roll out updates to remove existing DNS resolver workarounds that allows users to bypass the Extension Mechanisms Protocol (EDNS) for DNS, to ensure compliance with the original DNS standard from 1987 (RFC1035) and the newer EDNS standards from 1999 (RFC2671) and (RFC6891).


Why are they doing this?

In the early 80s when the Domain Name System (DNS) got born, the networking was a lot smaller and a lot different than it is today. At that time the Domain Name System (DNS) had not yet become the backbone technology of the Internet as we know it today. As the years went by and the Internet grew, the Domain Name System (DNS) has grown alongside it, undergoing several evolutionary steps to be able to meet the Internet's requirements and standards at any given time. This effort is simple yet another evolutionary step in the Domain Name System (DNS) history, required to meet today's Internet standard.

To meet today's standards and requirements major Open Source DNS Software providers along with a number of other organizations, social networks and search engine giants have joined forces and declared a flag day, after which the Domain Name System (DNS) software will no longer support those workarounds which are causing slower responses to DNS queries and make it harder to implement new features. On that day they will cease accommodating DNS software vendors and DNS service providers that do not comply with the published DNS standard behaviour when interacting with other servers.


Why should I care?

If you, your organizations or company own a domain and that domain is being hosted on authoritative server which is in violation of the published DNS standard, that domain will gradually become inaccessible on the Internet through domain name lookups.


What do I need to do?

The first thing to do is to make sure that the authoritative DNS server for your domain(s) responds correctly.
To see if your authoritative DNS server for your domain(s) are compliant, head to the DNS Flag Day website and enter in the form below "I'm a domain holder" your domain and click on the test button.
If you get "All OK" no further action is required.If you get "Fatal error detected" you should contact your domain(s) technical contact and or DNS service provider in charge of managing the DNS software used by your domain name(s) and have them ensure it is fully updated and compliant with the EDNS protocol requirement and there no misconfiguration with the firewall, intrusion detection system and intermediate devices, such as routers, switches which may also result in compliance failures.


Additional resources and references

DNS Flag Day website

Blog on DNS Flag Day

Earlier blog on EDNS fallback behavior

Blog on EDNS compliance issue

Presentation on DNS Flag Day on UKNOF, January 15th, 2019

KB article – DNS Flag Day, How Will it Impact You?

KB article – DNS Flag Day, Notes for Authoritative servers

KB article – EDNS compatibility tests and status codes

 

Apr 18, 2018 - GDPR and ISNIC's Whois service

GDPR and ISNIC's Whois service

[P.s. this was deployed on April 23th.].

To comply with the European GDPR Directive, ISNIC will, before May 25th, stop publishing names, addresses and telephone numbers of personal contacts by default  from the ISNIC WHOIS database. 

Customers (individuals) who wish to continue to publish their information, must log in, go to "My Settings" and select "Name and Address Published". 

ISNIC will however, at least for the time being, continue to publish email addresses, country  and techincal information of all NIC-handles associated with .is domains.  Those customers (individuals) who have recorded a personally identifiable email address, and do not want it published, will need to change their .is WHOIS email address to something impersonal.

Assuming that GDPR directive applies fully to the "WHOIS" service provided for decades by most ccTLD registries, these new restrictions will lead to less transparency in domain registrations and less trust in the domain registration system in general. ISNIC, as many others, strongly disagrees with the view of the European parliament in this matter and warns that GDPR, as it is being implemented, will neither lead to better privacy nor a safer network environment.

For the sake of the internet community, e.g. Individual users, Service Providers, Hosting Companies, and many other stake holders, ISNIC will continue to publish email addresses and the country name of all contact types until further notice. 

 

 

 

Feb 14, 2018 - .is shortens it's grace period

.is shortens it's grace period

The grace period (i.e the period from when the domain is suspended until it is deleted) for .is domains has been 60 days from the beginning. This period will after April 1st. 2018 be shortened to 30 days, counting from the renewal date.

The reason for this is simply to get deleted domains one month sooner back on the market, and to align the .is domain rules to international conventions. After this change ISNIC will also inform the registrant precisely when the domain will be deleted, regardless of any holidays. This means that the so called holiday rule (.is domains  never deleted on holidays) will also be abandoned.

The third reason for this change, and perhaps the most important one, is to increase automation and enabling ISNIC to maintain stable registration and renewal fees in spite of cost increases.

 

Nov 18, 2017 - ccTLD ".is" 30 years old today

ccTLD ".is" 30 years old today

The 18th of November 2017 marks the 30. year anniversary of IANA's delegation of the .is ccTLD to Internet á Íslandi hf. (ISNIC), or rather it's predecessor, called SURIS. The .is registration certificate can be found here.

Nov 7, 2017 - Free Web Forwarding extended

Free Web Forwarding extended

ISNIC has offered a simple web forwarding services for free since 2010. This service has now been expanded to allow users to define custom CNAME records and custom TXT records in addition to the already possible A/AAAA and MX records. The service if free of charge until decided otherwise.

.is Domain name registration

ISNIC - Internet á Íslandi hf. manages the registry for the .is country-code top-level domain according to the principles specified in the registration rules of .is domains.

The purpose of these rules is to ensure the security, efficiency and transparency of the domain delegation and registration process. The registration of a domain confers rights to the use of the domain name according to ISNIC rules at any time but does not confer ownership of the domain.

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