NXDOMAIN really means there is nothing underneath
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Domain Name System Operations (dnsop) Working Group        S. Bortzmeyer
Internet-Draft                                                     AFNIC
Updates: 1034,2308 (if approved)                                S. Huque
Intended status: Standards Track                           Verisign Labs
Expires: September 11, 2016                               March 10, 2016

           NXDOMAIN really means there is nothing underneath
                    draft-ietf-dnsop-nxdomain-cut-01

Abstract

   This document states clearly that when a DNS resolver receives a
   response with response code of NXDOMAIN, it means that the domain
   name which is thus denied AND ALL THE NAMES UNDER IT do not exist.

   REMOVE BEFORE PUBLICATION: this document should be discussed in the
   IETF DNSOP (DNS Operations) group, through its mailing list.  The
   source of the document, as well as a list of open issues, is
   currently kept at Github [1].

   This documents clarifies RFC 1034 and modifies a bit RFC 2308 so it
   updates both of them.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction and background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Benefits  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  Possible issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  Implementation considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   8.  Implementation status - RFC EDITOR: REMOVE BEFORE PUBLICATION   6
   9.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   10. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     10.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     10.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     10.3.  URIs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   Appendix A.  Why can't we just use the owner name of the returned
                SOA? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   Appendix B.  Related approaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9

1.  Introduction and background

   The DNS protocol [RFC1035] defines response code 3 as "Name Error",
   or "NXDOMAIN" [RFC2308], which means that the queried domain name
   does not exist in the DNS.  Since domain names are represented as a
   tree of labels ([RFC1034], Section 3.1), non-existence of a node
   implies non-existence of the entire sub-tree rooted at this node.

   The DNS iterative resolution algorithm precisely interprets the
   NXDOMAIN signal in this manner.  If it encounters an NXDOMAIN
   response code from an authoritative server, it immediately stops
   iteration and returns the NXDOMAIN response to the querier.

   However, in most known existing resolvers today, a cached non-
   existence for a domain is not considered "proof" that there can be no
   child domains underneath.  This is due to an ambiguity in [RFC1034]
   that failed to distinguish Empty Non-Terminal names (ENT) ([RFC7719])
   from nonexistent names.  The distinction became especially important
   for the development of DNSSEC, which provides proof of non-existence.
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