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APNIC Whois Database Updates

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APNIC Whois Database Updates

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APNIC Whois Database Updates

  1. 1. Improving APNIC whois data quality Dinesh Bakthavatchalam dinesh@apnic.net
  2. 2. Overview • Whois database, it’s quality and it’s users • Discussions with the community and stakeholders • APNIC’s initiatives • Future plans 2
  3. 3. APNIC Whois Database 3
  4. 4. Who will benefit 4 APNIC Whois APNIC and NIR Members End Users Law Enforcement Agencies CERT Community Research organizations Geolocation providers Governments
  5. 5. Comments from the community at APNIC 41 • POC (Point of Contact) validation system • Distinction between APNIC data and customer assignments by tagging • Attestation of validated data, similar to a reputation system • Other RIRs have faced similar issues 5
  6. 6. LEA stakeholders enter the whois discussion at APNIC 42 • Coalition of LEA communities presented their views • Community engaged with LEAs • Possible policy proposal in the future APNIC’s engagement with LEAs • 14 regional security engagements • 13 network security related training courses 6
  7. 7. APNIC’s initiatives • Improving IRT contacts • Removing ‘orphan’ objects • Improve invalid contact reporting • Establishing whois guidelines 7
  8. 8. Recent changes to whois 8
  9. 9. Organization object 9 organization: ORG-APNIC1-AP org-name: Asia Pacific Network Information Centre descr: Regional Internet Registry country: AU address: 6 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane phone: +61 7 3858 3100 fax-no: +61 7 3858 3199 e-mail: helpdesk@apnic.net mnt-ref: APNIC-HM notify: helpdesk@apnic.net mnt-by: APNIC-HM last-modified: 20170530T13:27:32Z source: APNIC • New object type in the APNIC whois database • Contains information about an organization that has been delegated IP address space or AS numbers • Easy way of mapping delegated IP addresses or AS numbers to the organizations that have received them
  10. 10. Query to find all resources of an organization Organization IPv4 ASNIPv6 10 whois.apnic.net -i org <Unique org ID> -T inetnum, inet6num, aut-num
  11. 11. How are the organization objects created? • New APNIC accounts – when resources get delegated • Existing APNIC accounts – MyAPNIC 11
  12. 12. Where are we? 12 APNIC Members BD Members 35% 26% 74% Members that have updated their organization information Members that have not updated their organization information 65%
  13. 13. Last-modified attribute • What is the “last-modified:” attribute? – A new attribute replacing the existing “changed:” attribute – Stores the time when the whois object was last updated - the value is set by the server when an update occurs • Why use “last-modified:”? – For accuracy of date and time stamp when changes are made for an individual record in the whois database 13
  14. 14. Last-modified attribute • This update happens in phases (phase 1 and phase 2) • After phase 2 objects with changed attribute are rejected 14
  15. 15. Some future improvements 15
  16. 16. • Merging existing features in different pages of MyAPNIC • Cleaner interface showing only the required updates • Annual contact review reminder • Update progress indicator Features to manage whois contacts 16
  17. 17. Benefits of the new features • Does not require in-depth whois knowledge • Update account and whois contacts at the same time • A prominent message on MyAPNIC landing page with update progress indicator 17
  18. 18. How can you help? • Log into MyAPNIC and update your organization details for the organization object • Review your whois objects and their contact details • Get involved with the community and the discussions WE WILL HAVE AN ACCURATE WHOIS DATABASE!!!! 18
  19. 19. Questions/feedback? 19

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