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[AfriNIC-rpd] Updated Version of Abuse Contact Information in the AfriNIC service region now Available Online

Mukom Akong T tamon at
Thu Mar 17 09:03:19 UTC 2011

Dear Colleagues,

The policy proposal "Abuse Contact Information in the AfriNIC service 
region" is now available on our website at

A text version of the proposal is included below:



Unique Id:      AFPUB-2010-GEN-006-draft-02
Author(s):      Tobias Knecht | | tk [at]
Draft Version:  3
Submitted:      2011-01-03

[1] Incentive:

This proposal specifies a dedicated object which shall be used as the
preferred place to publish abuse public contact information within the
AfriNIC service region.

The mentioned object can be referenced 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 
allow networks to identify internal abuse, external abuse, and other 
security problems.

Currently within the AfriNIC service region, the abuse reports are sent 
to e-mail address specified in the e-mail field, as encouraged on the 
AfriNIC website.[1] These addresses are used because the AfriNIC Whois 
Database currently has no 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:


     APNIC found consensus on introducing a mandatory IRT Object for all 
inet(6)nums and aut-nums
     at APNIC 29 in Kuala Lumpur March 4th 2010.
     Further information about the APNIC policy proposal can be found at [2]


     An abuse-POC exists for Organizational ID identifiers.[3]


     An abuse-c exists for aut-num, inetnum and inet6num objects.[4]


     An optional IRT (Incident Response Team) object can be linked to
     inetnum and inet6num objects.[5]

[4] Details of the proposal:

It is proposed that the AfriNIC create a new or uses an already existing
object, which implements the following properties:

(a) A unique reference by inetnum, inet6num and aut-num

(b) Contains 2 email attributes:
    (i)  "e-mail:" for personal communication
    (ii) "abuse-mailbox:" for automatic report handling

The object should be accessible through Whois.

AfriNIC publishes a Best Practice Paper and informs all their members 
to encourage them to use the object to publish abuse contact information.

[5]  Advantages and disadvantages of the proposal:

5.1 Advantages

     - 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 more.

     - This permits greater administrative and operational flexibility, and
       faster abuse handling will be possible.

5.2 Disadvantages

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. Nevertheless it is suggested to AfriNIC to offer a way to receive
reports about not working or not accurate objects. But this is part of
another proposal.

[6] Effect on AfriNIC members:

There will be no immediate impact.

The only effect is the opportunity to publish a dedicated abuse contact
object and benefit by the advantages.

[7] References:

(1) Finding contacts for an IP address

(2) prop-079: Abuse contact information

(3) Introduction to ARIN's Database

(4) 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)

(5) RIPE Abuse Finder Database



*07.04.2010 - Proposal first posted to mailing list.
*03.06.2010 - Proposal fails to reach consensus at AfriNIC-12 in Kigali 
- Rwanda, thus returned to the mailing list 
*21.09.2010 - Author posts new version to rpd, reference now 
*25.11.2010 - Proposal finds consensus during AfriNIC-13 in 
Johannesburg, South Africa 
*14.01.2011- Staff Comments and Implementation Analysis by AfriNIC is 
posted to the mailing list. 
*04.03.2011 - Updated copy of the proposal is posted to rpd mailing list 
and website.

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