[DBWG] DBWG-2: proposal to auto-generate contents of the mandatory "changed" field in db objects.
michel.odou at afrinic.net
Tue Aug 4 16:13:25 UTC 2020
On 04/08/2020 14:34, Nishal Goburdhan wrote:
> afrinic staff listening in, questions for you:
> #1 - didn’t you add in auto-generated MNTers a while ago?
Yes, we did some time ago (beginning of 2017). When creating an
unprotected person/role object, the WHOIS will automatically generate a
maintainer and send the details to the e-mail attribute(s) value(s).
That maintainer object cannot be updated, to encourage the users to
create and use their own maintainers.
> #2 - aren’t all new objects forced to have MNTers?
Technically, the mnt-by attribute remains optional in the person and
role objects. The WHOIS will automatically create a maintainer to help
the user and prevent hijacking but nothing prevents the user from
removing it (and thus purposely leave the object unprotected) if they
wish to do so. A warning will be printed when the last mnt-by attribute
is removed though.
Otherwise, all the other objects have a mandatory mnt-by attribute.
> #3 - what, if any, objects don’t have MNTers nowadays?
If the object without mnt-by is a person or role object, nothing will
happen. It can be modified or taken over by anyone but this is compliant
with the template. If the object is not a person or role object, then
the WHOIS will not allow such an object to be updated.
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