Retrieving information about Object Identifiers using the WHOIS protocol
draft-viathinksoft-oidwhois-01

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INTERNET-DRAFT                                              D. Marschall
Intended Status: Informational                              ViaThinkSoft
Expires: August 24, 2021                                   February 2021

            Retrieving information about Object Identifiers
                        using the WHOIS protocol
                     draft-viathinksoft-oidwhois-01

Abstract

   This document defines a method for retrieving information about
   Object Identifiers (OIDs) and their associated Registration
   Authorities (RAs) using the WHOIS protocol, in a way that is both
   human-readable and machine-readable.

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Table of Contents

   1  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     1.1  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   2  Request . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     2.1  Authentication Tokens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     2.2  Request ABNF Notation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   3  Response  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     3.1  Format and Encoding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     3.2  Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       3.2.1  Query-Section (Information about Query and Result)  . .  7
       3.2.2  Object-Section (Information about the OID)  . . . . . .  8
       3.2.3  RA-Section (Information about the Current RA) . . . . . 11
       3.2.4  Sections for Previous Registration Authorities  . . . . 13
     3.3  Digital Signature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
     3.4  Date/Time Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
       3.4.1  Date/Time Format ABNF Notation  . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
       3.4.2  Date/Time Format Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
   4  Referral  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
   5  Full Example  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     5.1  Request . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     5.2  Response  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
   6  Alternative Namespaces  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     6.1  Example: UUID Namespace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
   7  Internationalization Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
   8  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   9  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   10  Annotation about the deprecation of the WHOIS protocol . . . . 20
   11  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
     11.1  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
     11.2  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
   Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

 

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1  Introduction

   An Object Identifier (OID) is an extensively used identification
   mechanism jointly developed by ITU-T and ISO/IEC for naming any type
   of object with a globally unambiguous name.  OIDs provide a
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