YANG Types for DNS Classes and Resource Record Types
RFC 9108

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Authors Ladislav Lhotka  , Petr Špaček 
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         L. Lhotka
Request for Comments: 9108                                        CZ.NIC
Category: Standards Track                                      P. Špaček
ISSN: 2070-1721                              Internet Systems Consortium
                                                          September 2021

          YANG Types for DNS Classes and Resource Record Types


   This document introduces the YANG module "iana-dns-class-rr-type",
   which contains derived types reflecting two IANA registries: DNS
   CLASSes and Resource Record (RR) TYPEs.  These YANG types are
   intended as the minimum basis for future data modeling work.

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
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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
   2.  Terminology
   3.  YANG Design Considerations
   4.  IANA Considerations
     4.1.  URI Registrations
     4.2.  YANG Module Registrations
   5.  Security Considerations
   6.  References
     6.1.  Normative References
     6.2.  Informative References
   Appendix A.  XSLT Stylesheet
   Authors' Addresses

1.  Introduction

   YANG [RFC7950] has become a de facto standard as a language for
   modeling configuration and state data, as well as specifying
   management operations and asynchronous notifications.  It is
   reasonable to expect that the approach based on utilizing such data
   models along with standard management protocols such as
   NETCONF [RFC6241] and RESTCONF [RFC8040] can be effectively used in
   DNS operations, too.  In fact, several efforts are currently underway
   that attempt to use NETCONF or RESTCONF for configuring and managing

   *  authoritative servers,

   *  resolvers, and

   *  zone data.

   While it is possible to use the management protocols mentioned above
   with ad hoc or proprietary data models, their real potential can be
   realized only if there is a (completely or partly) unified data model
   supported by multiple DNS software implementations.  Operators can
   then, for instance, run several DNS server implementations in
   parallel, and use a common configuration and management interface and
   data for all of them.  Also, it becomes considerably easier to
   migrate to another implementation.

   Based on the previous experience from the IETF Routing Area, it is to
   be expected that the development of unified data models for DNS will
   be a lengthy and complicated process that will require active
   cooperation and compromise from the vendors and developers of major
   DNS server platforms.  Nevertheless, it is likely that any DNS-
   related data modeling effort will need to use various DNS parameters
   and enumerations that are specified in several IANA registries.  For
   use with YANG, these parameters and enumerations have to be
   translated into corresponding YANG types or other structures.  Such
   translations should be straightforward and relatively

   This document provides a translation of two fundamental DNS-related
   IANA registries to YANG.  It contains the initial version of the YANG
   module "iana-dns-class-rr-type", which defines derived types for the
   common parameters of DNS resource records (RR): class and type.
   These YANG types, "dns-class" and "rr-type", reflect the IANA
   registries "DNS CLASSes" and "Resource Record (RR) TYPEs"

   Appendix A contains an XSLT 1.0 stylesheet that is intended to be
   used by IANA for generating the initial version of the "iana-dns-
   class-rr-type" YANG module.  Subsequently, whenever a new class or RR
   type is added to the above registries, IANA will also update the
   "iana-dns-class-rr-type" YANG module, following the instructions in
   Section 4 below.

2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in
   BCP 14 [RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all
   capitals, as shown here.

   The terminology for describing YANG data models can be found in
   [RFC7950].  DNS terminology used in this document can be found in
   [RFC1035] and [RFC8499].

3.  YANG Design Considerations

   At the time of writing, the "Domain Name System (DNS) Parameters"
   [IANA-DNS-PARAMETERS] contains altogether thirteen registries.  The
   YANG module "iana-dns-class-rr-type" defines derived types
   corresponding to only two of the registries that are essential for
   data models involving zone data, namely "DNS CLASSes" and "Resource
   Record (RR) TYPEs".  It is expected that the remaining registries in
   [IANA-DNS-PARAMETERS], as well as other DNS-related IANA registries,
   will be analogously reflected in future YANG modules as necessary.
   This way, an appropriate combination of YANG modules can be chosen
   depending on which YANG types are needed for a given data modeling

   The registries "DNS CLASSes" and "Resource Record (RR) TYPEs" are
   transformed into YANG enumeration types "dns-class-name" and "rr-
   type-name", respectively.  This is the initial fragment of the

     typedef dns-class-name {
       type enumeration {
         enum IN {
           value 1;
             "Internet (IN)";
             "RFC 1035";

   The other derived type, "rr-type-name", is defined similarly.

   [RFC3597] introduced the option of specifying a class or RR type via
   its assigned decimal number as an alternative to the mnemonic name.
   For example, the "IN" class can be equivalently written as "CLASS1",
   and "AAAA" type can be written as "TYPE28".

   Accordingly, the derived types "dns-class" and "rr-type" are defined
   in the YANG module as a union of two member types:

   *  16-bit decimal integer ("uint16")

   *  mnemonic name belonging to the enumerations "dns-class-name" and
      "rr-type-name", respectively.

   For instance, the "rr-type" type is defined as follows:

     typedef rr-type {
       type union {
         type uint16;
         type rr-type-name;
         "This type allows reference to a DNS resource record type
          using either the assigned mnemonic name or numeric value.";

   As unassigned and reserved class and RR type values are not included
   in the mnemonic name enumerations, they can only be specified using
   their decimal values.

4.  IANA Considerations

   This section deals with actions and processes necessary for IANA to
   undertake to maintain the "iana-dns-class-rr-type" YANG module.  This
   YANG module is intended to reflect the "DNS CLASSes" and "Resource
   Record (RR) TYPEs" registries in [IANA-DNS-PARAMETERS].  The most
   recent version of the YANG module is available from the "YANG
   Parameters" registry [IANA-YANG-PARAMETERS].

   With the publication of this document, IANA has created and posted
   the initial version of the "iana-dns-class-rr-type" YANG module by
   applying the XSLT stylesheet from Appendix A to the XML version of

   IANA has added this note to the "iana-dns-class-rr-type" item of the
   "YANG Module Names" registry [IANA-YANG-PARAMETERS]:

   |  Classes and types of DNS resource records must not be directly
   |  added to the "iana-dns-class-rr-type" YANG module.  They must
   |  instead be added to the "DNS CLASSes" and "Resource Record (RR)
   |  TYPEs" registries, respectively.

   When a new DNS class or RR type is added to the "DNS CLASSes" or
   "Resource Record (RR) TYPEs" registry, a new "enum" statement SHALL
   be added to the "dns-class-name" or "rr-type-name" type,
   respectively.  The assigned name defined by the "enum" statement
   SHALL be the same as the mnemonic name of the new class or type.  The
   following substatements to the "enum" statement SHALL be defined:

   "value":        Use the decimal value from the registry.

   "status":       Include only if a class or type registration has been
                   deprecated or obsoleted.  IANA "deprecated" maps to
                   YANG status "deprecated", and IANA "obsolete" maps to
                   YANG status "obsolete".

   "description":  Replicate the corresponding information from the
                   registry, namely the full name of the new DNS class,
                   or the meaning of the new RR type, if any.

   "reference":    Replicate the reference(s) from the registry.

   Unassigned or reserved values SHALL NOT be included in the "dns-
   class-name" and "rr-type-name" enumeration types.

   Each time the "iana-dns-class-rr-type" YANG module is updated, a new
   "revision" statement SHALL be added before the existing "revision"

   IANA has added this note to the "DNS CLASSes" and "Resource Record
   (RR) TYPEs" registries:

   |  When this registry is modified, the YANG module "iana-dns-class-
   |  rr-type" must be updated as defined in [RFC9108].

   The "Reference" text in the "DNS CLASSes" registry has been updated
   as follows:


   |  [RFC6895]


   |  [RFC6895][RFC9108]

   The "Reference" text in the "Resource Record (RR) TYPEs" registry has
   been updated as follows:


   |  [RFC6895][RFC1035]


   |  [RFC6895][RFC1035][RFC9108]

4.1.  URI Registrations

   This document registers a URI in the "IETF XML Registry" [RFC3688].
   The following registration has been made:

   URI:  urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:yang:iana-dns-class-rr-type
   Registrant Contact:  The IESG.
   XML:  N/A; the requested URI is an XML namespace.

4.2.  YANG Module Registrations

   This document registers a YANG module in the "YANG Module Names"
   registry [RFC6020].  The following registration has been made:

   Name:  iana-dns-class-rr-type
   Namespace:  urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:yang:iana-dns-class-rr-type
   Prefix:  dnsct
   Reference:  RFC 9108

5.  Security Considerations

   This document translates two IANA registries into YANG data types and
   otherwise introduces no technology or protocol.  The definitions
   themselves have no security impact on the Internet, but their use in
   concrete YANG modules might have.  The security considerations
   spelled out in the YANG specification [RFC7950] apply to this
   document as well.

6.  References

6.1.  Normative References

              IANA, "Domain Name System (DNS) Parameters",

              IANA, "YANG Parameters",

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,

   [RFC3688]  Mealling, M., "The IETF XML Registry", BCP 81, RFC 3688,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC3688, January 2004,

   [RFC6020]  Bjorklund, M., Ed., "YANG - A Data Modeling Language for
              the Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF)", RFC 6020,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6020, October 2010,

   [RFC7950]  Bjorklund, M., Ed., "The YANG 1.1 Data Modeling Language",
              RFC 7950, DOI 10.17487/RFC7950, August 2016,

   [RFC8174]  Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC
              2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174,
              May 2017, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8174>.

              Clark, J., "XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 1.0", W3C
              Recommendation REC-xslt-19991116, November 1999,

6.2.  Informative References

   [RFC1035]  Mockapetris, P., "Domain names - implementation and
              specification", STD 13, RFC 1035, DOI 10.17487/RFC1035,
              November 1987, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc1035>.

   [RFC3597]  Gustafsson, A., "Handling of Unknown DNS Resource Record
              (RR) Types", RFC 3597, DOI 10.17487/RFC3597, September
              2003, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc3597>.

   [RFC6241]  Enns, R., Ed., Bjorklund, M., Ed., Schoenwaelder, J., Ed.,
              and A. Bierman, Ed., "Network Configuration Protocol
              (NETCONF)", RFC 6241, DOI 10.17487/RFC6241, June 2011,

   [RFC8040]  Bierman, A., Bjorklund, M., and K. Watsen, "RESTCONF
              Protocol", RFC 8040, DOI 10.17487/RFC8040, January 2017,

   [RFC8499]  Hoffman, P., Sullivan, A., and K. Fujiwara, "DNS
              Terminology", BCP 219, RFC 8499, DOI 10.17487/RFC8499,
              January 2019, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8499>.

Appendix A.  XSLT Stylesheet

   This appendix contains an XSLT 1.0 stylesheet [W3C.REC-xslt-19991116]
   that is to be used to generate the initial revision of the "iana-dns-
   class-rr-type" YANG module.  This is achieved by applying the
   stylesheet to the XML version of the IANA registry "Domain Name
   System (DNS) Parameters" [IANA-DNS-PARAMETERS] that was current at
   the time this document was published.

   Using the ubiquitous xsltproc tool, the YANG module text can be
   generated with this command:

       $ xsltproc iana-dns-class-rr-type.xsl dns-parameters.xml

   <CODE BEGINS> file "iana-dns-class-rr-type.xsl"
   <?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes"?>
   <stylesheet xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"
     <output method="text"/>
     <strip-space elements="*"/>

     <variable name="dq">"</variable>
     <variable name="sq">'</variable>

     <variable name="module-intro">
       <text>module iana-dns-class-rr-type {
     yang-version 1.1;
     prefix dnsct;

       "Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)";

       "        Internet Assigned Numbers Authority

        Postal: ICANN
                12025 Waterfront Drive, Suite 300
                Los Angeles, CA 90094

        Tel:    +1 424 254 5300


       "This YANG module translates IANA registries 'DNS CLASSes' and
        'Resource Record (RR) TYPEs' to YANG-derived types.

        Copyright (c) 2021 IETF Trust and the persons identified as
        authors of the code.  All rights reserved.

        Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or
        without modification, is permitted pursuant to, and subject to
        the license terms contained in, the Simplified BSD License set
        forth in Section 4.c of the IETF Trust's Legal Provisions
        Relating to IETF Documents

        This version of this YANG module was generated from
        the corresponding IANA registries using an XSLT stylesheet
        from Appendix A of RFC 9108
        (https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc9108); see the RFC itself
        for full legal notices.";

       "IANA 'Domain Name System (DNS) Parameters' registry

     <template name="enum">
       <param name="id"/>
       <value-of select="concat('      enum ', $id)"/>
       <text> {&#xA;        value </text>
       <value-of select="concat(iana:value, ';&#xA;')"/>
       <if test="contains(iana:description, 'OBSOLETE')">
         <text>        status obsolete;&#xA;</text>
       <apply-templates select="iana:description"/>
       <variable name="xrefs" select="iana:xref[@type!='note']"/>
       <if test="$xrefs">
         <text>        reference&#xA;          "</text>
         <if test="count($xrefs)&gt;1">- </if>
         <apply-templates select="iana:xref[@type!='note']"/>
       <text>      }&#xA;</text>

     <template match="/">
       <value-of select="$module-intro"/>
       <apply-templates select="iana:registry[@id='dns-parameters']"/>

     <template match="iana:registry[@id='dns-parameters']">
       <apply-templates select="iana:updated"/>

     <template match="iana:updated">
       <value-of select="concat('  revision ', ., ' {')"/>
         "Initial revision.";
         "RFC 9108: YANG Types for DNS Classes and Resource Record

     /* Typedefs */&#xA;&#xA;</text>

     <template match="iana:registry[@id='dns-parameters-2']">
       <text>  typedef dns-class-name {&#xA;</text>
       <text>    type enumeration {&#xA;</text>
           select="iana:record[not(iana:description='Unassigned' or
       <text>    }
         "This enumeration type defines mnemonic names and corresponding
          numeric values of DNS classes.";
         "RFC 6895: Domain Name System (DNS) IANA Considerations";

     typedef dns-class {
       type union {
         type uint16;
         type dns-class-name;
         "This type allows reference to a DNS class using either the
          assigned mnemonic name or numeric value.";

     <template match="iana:registry[@id='dns-parameters-4']">
       <text>  typedef rr-type-name {&#xA;</text>
       <text>    type enumeration {&#xA;</text>
           select="iana:record[iana:type!='Unassigned' and
                   iana:type!='Private use' and iana:type!='Reserved']"
       <text>    }
         "This enumeration type defines mnemonic names and corresponding
          numeric values of DNS resource record types.";
         "- RFC 6895: Domain Name System (DNS) IANA Considerations

          - RFC 1035: Domain names - implementation and specification";

     typedef rr-type {
       type union {
         type uint16;
         type rr-type-name;
         "This type allows reference to a DNS resource record type
          using either the assigned mnemonic name or numeric value.";

     <template match="iana:record" mode="class">
       <call-template name="enum">
         <with-param name="id">
             <when test="contains(iana:description,'(')">
               <value-of select="substring-before(substring-after(
                                 iana:description, '('), ')')"/>
                   select="substring-after(iana:description, ' ')"/>

     <template match="iana:record" mode="rr-type">
       <call-template name="enum">
         <with-param name="id" select="iana:type"/>

     <template match="iana:description">
       <text>        description&#xA;          </text>
       <value-of select="concat($dq, ., $dq, ';&#xA;')"/>

     <template match="iana:xref">
         <when test="@type='rfc'">
               select="concat('RFC ', substring-after(@data, 'rfc'))"/>
         <when test="@type='person'">
         <when test="@type='text'">
           <value-of select="translate(., $dq, $sq)"/>
           <value-of select="@data"/>
         <when test="position()=last()">
           <text>&#xA;           - </text>

     <template match="iana:person">
       <value-of select="concat(iana:name, ' &lt;', iana:uri, '&gt;')"/>


Authors' Addresses

   Ladislav Lhotka
   Czech Republic

   Email: ladislav.lhotka@nic.cz

   Petr Špaček
   Internet Systems Consortium
   Czech Republic

   Email: pspacek@isc.org