Accuracy of DNSStuff reports

Barry Margolin barmar at
Tue Nov 28 17:39:13 UTC 2006

In article <ekgq85$2dbm$1 at>, Res <res at> wrote:

> On Mon, 27 Nov 2006, Barry Margolin wrote:
> > My personal bugaboo with DNSReport is the red FAIL it reports for open
> > recursive servers.  While it's certainly a bad idea for authoritative
> Actually I think it;s good idea, it alerts the admin who set it up they
> are open to exploitation and abuse.

So make it a warning.

The problem is that it confuses OTHER people who are trying to 
troubleshoot problems accessing the domain.  They see the big red FAIL 
and think that it's due to the DNS misconfiguration.

> The suggested alternative zonecheck amuses me, why does it ping a DNS
> server? what the hell has that got to do with a DNS Server serving
> requests, it also fails on testing my domain claiming one of my DNS
> servers is not responding, however I know it is using host from the same
> machine, all sorts of tests will have pros and cons. DNSReport has always
> served well.

I also like DNSReport in general.

Barry Margolin, barmar at
Arlington, MA
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