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[AfriNIC-rpd] abuse contact information in whois database (AFPUB-2010-GEN-002)
tk at abusix.org
Sun Apr 18 19:51:10 UTC 2010
Hello Policy Working Group,
my name is Tobias Knecht. I'm the CEO of abusix UG and I'm new here in
Nevertheless I wanna propose a new policy to you.
I have done a similar proposal for APNIC already
This proposal found common consensus on the last APNIC meeting and it
looks like as if will be implemented in this way, starting this year.
So please have a look at the proposal and feel free to ask or mention
your ideas or changes.
The proposal is based on the idea that the AfriNIC whois database is the
same as RIPE and APNIC are using. That means IRT-Objects and
abuse-mailbox attributes are already implemented and just need to be
used. That makes things easier and faster.
Your Name: Tobias Knecht
<tk at abusix.com>
Your Organisation: abusix UG
Policy Affected: NONE
Proposal: Abuse Contact Information
This is a proposal to introduce a mandatory reference to IRT objects
in the inetnum, inet6num and aut-num objects in the AfriNIC Whois Database.
It provides a more accurate and efficient way for abuse reports to reach the
correct network contact.
2. Summary of current problem:
Network owners increasingly operate dedicated abuse
handling departments, distinct from the basic operations department.
More and more network owners and other institutions are also starting
to exchange data about abusive behavior with each other, to more quickly
to identify internal abuse, external abuse, and other security problems.
Currently within the AfriNIC region, the growing amount of abuse reports
are sent to e-mail address specified in the e-mail field, as encouraged
on the AfriNIC
website. These addresses are used because the AfriNIC Whois Database
currently has no
mandatory, specialised contact object for abuse departments. Instead, all
abuse reports are sent to contact that is has broader responsibilities
or different responsibilities.
3. Situation in other RIRs:
This policy proposal found consensus at APNIC 29 in Kuala Lumpur
March 4th 2010. Further information about the APNIC policy proposal
can be found at 
An abuse-POC exists for Organizational ID identifiers.
An abuse-c exists for aut-num, inetnum and inet6num objects.
An optional IRT (Incident Response Team) object can be linked to
inetnum and inet6num objects. If the current proposal is
successful in the APNIC and AfriNIC region, the author plans to
submit a similar proposal for the RIPE region.
4. Details of the proposal:
It is proposed that AfriNIC:
4.1 Institute a mandatory reference to an IRT object in inetnum,
inet6num and aut-num objects.
In terms of implementing a mandatory IRT reference, it is
suggested that this be part of two, established actions:
- The next time an organization attempts to update an existing
inetnum, inet6num or aut-num object
- When new inetnum, inet6num or aut-num objects are added to the
4.2 Have a mandatory abuse-mailbox field in the IRT object.
4.3 Delete abuse-mailbox fields in all objects that do not define an
IRT, and delete the trouble field everywhere mid 2011.
5. Advantages and disadvantages of the proposal:
- Networks will be able to supply their own, direct contact
information for abuse departments.
- Abuse complaints will not be sent to the "wrong" contact any
- This permits greater administrative and operational flexibility,
and faster abuse handling will be possible.
- Since AfriNIC is using the same whois system as RIPE and APNIC,
the IRT-Object and the abuse-mailbox attribute are already
existant in the system. That makes implementing it very easy and
- Introducing a mandatory reference to the IRT Object will establish
a new object. This object, like all other existing objects, will
face the data accuracy problem. This proposal aims to address the
issue of a missing place for abuse contact information and will
not improve data accuracy in the whois database. Data accuracy
will be part of another proposal that is already being discussed
on the APNIC and RIPE policy mailing list.
6. Effect on AfriNIC members:
There will be no immediate affect for AfriNIC members with existing
resource registrations already in the AfriNIC Whois Database.
However, members will need to add a reference to the mandatory IRT
object in the following situations:
- The first time members attempt to update an existing inetnum,
inet6num or aut-num object
- When members add new inetnum, inet6num or aut-num objects
 Finding contacts for an IP address
 prop-079: Abuse contact information
 Introduction to ARIN's Database
 There is no formal documentation on abuse-c in inetnum and inet6num
objects, but for documentation on the abuse-c in ASN records, see
LACNIC Policy Manual (v1.3 - 07/11/2009)
 IRT Object FAQ
Thank you for your patience.
| Tobias Knecht | CEO | abusix UG (haftungsbeschraenkt)
| tk at abusix.com | http://abusix.com
| Postfach 210127 | 76151 Karlsruhe | Germany
| Register of Companies(Handelsregister): HRB 707959
| District of Court(Amtsgericht) Mannheim/Germany
| Registered Office: Karlsruhe/Germany
| CEO: Tobias Knecht
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