Mysterious CNAME record Pointing to Network Solutions

Mark Andrews Mark_Andrews at
Fri Sep 7 06:15:24 UTC 2007

> 	I am trying to figure out why one of our remote campuses
> had the following occur:
> 	They attempt to lookup the CNAME and get
> 3600    IN  CNAME
> 3600    IN  CNAME
> 	It seems to resolve properly everywhere else:
> $ host
> is an alias for
> has address
> The individual who sent the complaint to me is the administrator
> for the DNS at As of today, it correctly
> resolves the CNAME as does another DNS in our remote campus
> system that might have been involved. Basically, I can't
> duplicate the problem.
> 	Are there any indications that Network Solutions is
> doing anything sneaky again similar to the wild card A record
> debacle of 2003 or so?
> 	Thanks for any ideas that would explain this CNAME
> record with the 3600-second TTL.
> Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK 
> Systems Engineer
> OSU Information Technology Department Network Operations Group

	I would also point out that if DNSSEC was in use this sort
	of thing is impossible.  This is exactly what DNSSEC was
	designed to prevent.

Mark Andrews, ISC
1 Seymour St., Dundas Valley, NSW 2117, Australia
PHONE: +61 2 9871 4742                 INTERNET: Mark_Andrews at

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