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Home Networking                                                 T. Lemon
Internet-Draft                                             Nominum, Inc.
Updates: RFC7788 (if approved)                            March 13, 2017
Intended status: Standards Track
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                       Redacting .home from HNCP


   This document updates the Home Networking Control Protocol,
   eliminating the recommendation for a default top-level name for local
   name resolution.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Updates to Home Networking Control Protocol . . . . . . . . .   2
   3.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3

1.  Introduction

   The Homenet working group has defined a mechanism for sharing
   information between homenet routers, in Home Networking Control
   Protocol [2].  That document recommends the use of the ".home" top-
   level name as a locally-resolved domain name.

   RFC7788 did not follow the process defined in Special Use Domain
   Names [1], or specify how other software should deal with the
   allocated name.  It is likely that, had this process been followed,
   it would not have been possible to gain consensus on the use of
   '.home' as the locally-resolved special-use top-level name for
   homenets, because this name is known to be informally in use by sites
   on the internet, and the use to which this name has been put is not
   well documented; it is impossible to say that there are no
   conflicting uses for the name, and so getting consensus to use it
   anyway would have been controversial, time consuming, and possibly

   The RFC6761 process is not well-understood within the IETF, and the
   authors of RFC7788 were not aware of it.  Normally, authors are not
   expected to know all there is to know about IETF process, and IETF
   leadership, specifically working group chairs, area directors and
   directorate members are expected to engage in a review process that
   notices oversights of this sort.

   Unfortunately, in the case of RFC7788, none of the people who should
   have caught the missing RFC6761 reference did catch it, and RFC 7788
   was published as a consensus document that uses '.home' without ever
   reserving it in the RFC6761 Special-Use Domain Names registry.

2.  Updates to Home Networking Control Protocol

   This document updates RFC 7788: '.home' MUST NOT be used as the
   default name for resolution within the home network.  The new default
   value is specified in [3]

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3.  Normative References

   [1]        Cheshire, S. and M. Krochmal, "Special-Use Domain Names",
              RFC 6761, DOI 10.17487/RFC6761, February 2013,

   [2]        Stenberg, M., Barth, S., and P. Pfister, "Home Networking
              Control Protocol", RFC 7788, DOI 10.17487/RFC7788, April
              2016, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7788>.

   [3]        Pfister, P., "Special Use Top Level Domain '.homenet'",
              draft-pfister-homenet-dot-00 (work in progress), November

Author's Address

   Ted Lemon
   Nominum, Inc.
   800 Bridge Parkway
   Redwood City, California  94065
   United States of America

   Phone: +1 650 381 6000
   Email: ted.lemon@nominum.com

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