Acting as stealth slave for root zone

Paul Vixie vixie at
Wed Dec 8 17:31:18 UTC 2004

Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer at> writes:

> > Eventually, I tried something that I fully expected not to work: I
> > tried to pull a copy of the root zone by zone transfer from the root
> > servers themselves.  It worked!  I'd expected the query to be
> > refused.
> ...
> > Is this new/temporary behavior?  The spirited discussion a few weeks
> > ago engendered by the idea of grabbing the root zone by ftp would
> > seem to indicate that zone transfers have not always been permitted.
> I believe that F and K always authorized it.

Certainly F has always allowed zone transfers of the root zone, even when
it was called NS.ISC.ORG back before the letter-names came into being.  It
is ISC's intention to permit AXFR of the root zone from f-root, always.
Paul Vixie

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