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DNS Zone Transfer Protocol (AXFR)
RFC 5936

Document type: RFC - Proposed Standard (June 2010; No errata)
Document stream: IETF
Last updated: 2013-03-02
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IESG State: RFC 5936 (Proposed Standard)
Responsible AD: Ralph Droms
Send notices to: <ogud@ogud.com>, ajs@shinkuro.com

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          E. Lewis
Request for Comments: 5936                                 NeuStar, Inc.
Updates: 1034, 1035                                       A. Hoenes, Ed.
Category: Standards Track                                         TR-Sys
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                June 2010

                   DNS Zone Transfer Protocol (AXFR)

Abstract

   The standard means within the Domain Name System protocol for
   maintaining coherence among a zone's authoritative name servers
   consists of three mechanisms.  Authoritative Transfer (AXFR) is one
   of the mechanisms and is defined in RFC 1034 and RFC 1035.

   The definition of AXFR has proven insufficient in detail, thereby
   forcing implementations intended to be compliant to make assumptions,
   impeding interoperability.  Yet today we have a satisfactory set of
   implementations that do interoperate.  This document is a new
   definition of AXFR -- new in the sense that it records an accurate
   definition of an interoperable AXFR mechanism.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5936.

Lewis & Hoenes               Standards Track                    [Page 1]
RFC 5936            DNS Zone Transfer Protocol (AXFR)          June 2010

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Lewis & Hoenes               Standards Track                    [Page 2]
RFC 5936            DNS Zone Transfer Protocol (AXFR)          June 2010

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................4
      1.1. Definition of Terms ........................................4
      1.2. Scope ......................................................5
      1.3. Context ....................................................5
      1.4. Coverage and Relationship to Original AXFR Specification ...5
   2. AXFR Messages ...................................................6
      2.1. AXFR Query .................................................8
           2.1.1. Header Values .......................................8
           2.1.2. Question Section ...................................10
           2.1.3. Answer Section .....................................10
           2.1.4. Authority Section ..................................10
           2.1.5. Additional Section .................................10
      2.2. AXFR Response .............................................11
           2.2.1. Header Values ......................................12
           2.2.2. Question Section ...................................14
           2.2.3. Answer Section .....................................14
           2.2.4. Authority Section ..................................14
           2.2.5. Additional Section .................................14
      2.3. TCP Connection Aborts .....................................15

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