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[AFRINIC-rpd] revised "no reverse" policy proposal AFPUB-2012-DNS-001-DRAFT-02

McTim dogwallah at
Wed Dec 5 04:10:17 UTC 2012


pls note, I have used a "MAY" instead of a "SHALL" or a "MUST"  in 3.3.


Unique identifier:      AFPUB-2012-DNS-001-DRAFT-02
Draft Policy Name:       No Reverse Unless Assigned
Author: Tim McGinnis (McTim) mctimconsulting at
Related Policies:       None
Obsoletes:      None
Submission Date:         November 30th, 2012
Amends:         AFPUB-2005-v4-001

Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal

The purpose of a Public Network Information Database such as the AfriNIC
Database is so that contact information about public networks is made public
by registering assignments as they are made in the database. It is the author's
experience that AfriNIC members are not as diligent about registering
 of IPv4 space as they could be.

AFPUB-2005-v4-001 says, inter alia:

      9.5 Validity of an assignment
      Assignments remain valid as long as the original criteria on
which the assignment
was based are still in place and the assignment is registered in the
AfriNIC whois
database. An assignment is therefore invalid if it is not registered
in the database and
if the purpose for which it was registered has changed or no longer holds.

This proposal is an enforcement mechanism of that long-standing policy.

Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem
This proposal limits LIRs and End-Users from obtaining reverse
delegation (rDNS) from
AfriNIC unless the address space is assigned or sub-allocated in the
AfriNIC Database.


3.1 AfriNIC will no longer grant reverse delegation of IP address
space that it administers unless
 an assignment or sub-allocation of the specific address space is
registered appropriately in the AfriNIC Database.

For a /24 reverse delegation, at least one assignment or
sub-allocation must be registered in the AfriNIC Database
for that specific /24.  the entire /24 does not have to be assigned in
order for the reverse delegation to be allowed.

3.2 AfriNIC will contact those LIRs who currently have reverse DNS for
allocations, but have not registered any assignments or
sub-allocations under those allocations to remind them of the above
text from AFPUB-2005-v4-001. It is envisioned that this will be done
using MyAfriNIC and email, but specific details will be left to the
Secretariat staff to implement.  These LIRs will have 12 (twelve)
months from the date of the reminder to register their assignments or

3.3 AfriNIC may remove reverse delegation of any LIRs allocation
beginning 12 (twelve) months from the date of the reminder.



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route indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel

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