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Delegation of IP6.ARPA (RFC3152) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005334D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Aug-21
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This document discusses the need for delegation of the IP6.ARPA DNS zone, and specifies a plan for the technical operation thereof.

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Network Working Group R. Bush Request for Comments: 3152 RGnet BCP: 49 August 2001 Updates: 2874, 2772, 2766, 2553, 1886 Category: Best Current Practice

Delegation of IP6.ARPA

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2001). All Rights Reserved.


This document discusses the need for delegation of the IP6.ARPA DNS zone, and specifies a plan for the technical operation thereof.

1. Why IP6.ARPA?

In the IPv6 address space, there is a need for 'reverse mapping' of addresses to DNS names analogous to that provided by the IN-ADDR.ARPA zone for IPv4.

The IAB recommended that the ARPA top level domain (the name is now considered an acronym for "Address and Routing Parameters Area") be used for technical infrastructure sub-domains when possible. It is already in use for IPv4 reverse mapping and has been established as the location for E.164 numbering on the Internet [RFC2916 RFC3026].

IETF consensus was reached that the IP6.ARPA domain be used for address to DNS name mapping for the IPv6 address space [RFC2874].

2. Obsoleted Usage

This document deprecates references to IP6.INT in [RFC1886] section 2.5, [RFC2553] section 6.2.3, [RFC2766] section 4.1, [RFC2772] section 7.1.c, and [RFC2874] section 2.5.

In this context, 'deprecate' means that the old usage is not appropriate for new implementations, and IP6.INT will likely be phased out in an orderly fashion.

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RFC 3152 Delegation of IP6.ARPA August 2001

3. IANA Considerations

This memo requests that the IANA delegate the IP6.ARPA domain following instructions to be provided by the IAB. Names within this zone are to be further delegated to the regional IP registries in accordance with the delegation of IPv6 address space to those registries. The names allocated should be hierarchic in accordance with the address space assignment.

4. Security Considerations

While DNS spoofing of address to name mapping has been exploited in IPv4, delegation of the IP6.ARPA zone creates no new threats to the security of the internet.

5. References

[RFC1886] Thomson, S. and C. Huitema, "DNS Extensions to support IP

version 6", RFC 1886, December 1995.

[RFC2553] Gilligan, R., Thomson, S., Bound, J. and W. Stevens, "Basic Socket Interface Extensions for IPv6", RFC 2553, March 1999.

[RFC2766] Tsirtsis, G. and P. Srisuresh, "Network Address Translation Protocol Translation (NAT-PT)", RFC 2766, February 2000.

[RFC2772] Rockell, R. and R. Fink, "6Bone Backbone Routing

Guidelines", RFC 2772, February 2000.

[RFC2874] Crawford, M. and C. Huitema, "DNS Extensions to Support IPv6 Ad...