[Community-Discuss] AfriNIC whois servers down

Frank Habicht geier at geier.ne.tz
Tue Feb 5 07:22:25 UTC 2019


I have no luck getting the AfriNIC website.
reachability is ok. server connects. and then nothing.

[frank at fisi ~]$ wget https://afrinic.net/
--2019-02-05 10:06:05--  https://afrinic.net/
Resolving afrinic.net... 2001:42d0:0:200::6,
Connecting to afrinic.net|2001:42d0:0:200::6|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 502 Bad Gateway
2019-02-05 10:12:59 ERROR 502: Bad Gateway.

[frank at fisi ~]$ wget -4 https://afrinic.net/
--2019-02-05 10:13:53--  https://afrinic.net/
Resolving afrinic.net...
Connecting to afrinic.net||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 502 Bad Gateway
2019-02-05 10:19:04 ERROR 502: Bad Gateway.

[frank at fisi ~]$

times are in EAT (UTC+3)

Confirmed with only one other source network.


On 05/02/2019 09:53, Andrew Alston wrote:
> Hi AfriNIC Community,
> I am deliberately posting this to the community mailing list – since 
> this issue affects **everyone** and is not a isolated issue that I 
> will send via a normal ticket (though I have copied in AfriNIC support 
> as well)
> I noticed this morning that AFRINIC whois servers are not responding – 
> and we are getting timeouts to these servers.  My first thought was 
> that this may be some kinda issue from our side (routing or 
> something), but have since verified this with 4 other unrelated 
> providers – all seeing the same issue.
> Now – I understand maintenance – and I understand outages – however – 
> whois servers are actually a pretty critical piece of infrastructure – 
> so I have three questions
>  1. When will this be fixed
>  2. Why was this community not informed of an outage to these servers
>     the moment it happened
>  3. What are the redundancies in place for these servers considering
>     that amongst other things – the route object database is accessed
>     via this mechanism – which makes this critical to generation of
>     filters and other such things – and I notice that both servers sit
>     on a single subnet – that almost certainly sits in the same
>     geographic location.
>  4. Considering that this community puts enough emphasis on whois data
>     to restrict RDNS to subnets that are not assigned (and hence in
>     whois) – it is incumbent on AFRINIC to keep these servers functional!
> I look forward to prompt answers
> Andrew
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