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Monday, August 04, 2014

ICANN endorses Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has endorsed the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework by the Board’s New Generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) Programme Committee (NGPC), reports ITRealms.

This is coming as ITRealms gathered that ICANN has introduced a special Internet Protocol (IP) address (127.0.53.53) to alert system administrators of potential issue.

The framework implementation requirements were developed with input from many sources including the ICANN community, a report published by JAS Global Advisors LLC, and advice from the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC).

Also, ITRealms gathered that the framework is designed to mitigate the impact of name collisions in the domain name system (DNS), which typically occur when fully qualified domain names conflict with similar domain names used in private networks. When this occurs, users can be taken to an unintended Web page or encounter an error message.

According to Akram Atallah, president of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, noted that to address this issue, the framework calls for registry operators to use a technique called “controlled interruption” to alert system administrators that there may be an issue in their network. Specifically, an IPv4 address – 127.0.53.53 – will appear in system logs, enabling a quick diagnosis and remediation.

“We now have a well-defined methodology for mitigating name collisions for delegated top-level domain names and a path forward for registries to unblock certain second-level domains in their list,” Atallah said, stressing these operational processes, which were developed in conjunction with the multistakeholder community, will help to ensure the security of the domain name system.

Atallah noted that ICANN will provide information to and work with the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) to consider whether policy work on developing a long-term plan to manage gTLD name collisions issues should be undertaken.


Meanwhile, ICANN as gathered by ITRealms, will be holding webinars to discuss details of the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework and answer questions on 12 August 2014 – Session 1 will take place from 01:00-02:30 UTC and Session 2 take place from 15:00-16:30 UTC.

Remmy Nweke
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