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RFC 6895

Domain Name System (DNS) IANA Considerations

Pages: 19
Best Current Practice: 42
Obsoletes:  6195
Updates:  1183284529303597

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                   D. Eastlake 3rd
Request for Comments: 6895                                        Huawei
BCP: 42                                                       April 2013
Obsoletes: 6195
Updates: 1183, 2845, 2930, 3597
Category: Best Current Practice
ISSN: 2070-1721

              Domain Name System (DNS) IANA Considerations


This document specifies Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) parameter assignment considerations for the allocation of Domain Name System (DNS) resource record types, CLASSes, operation codes, error codes, DNS protocol message header bits, and AFSDB resource record subtypes. It obsoletes RFC 6195 and updates RFCs 1183, 2845, 2930, and 3597. Status of This Memo This memo documents an Internet Best Current Practice. This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It represents the consensus of the IETF community. It has received public review and has been approved for publication by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Further information on BCPs is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741. Information about the current status of this document, any errata, and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at Copyright Notice Copyright (c) 2013 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the document authors. All rights reserved. This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal Provisions Relating to IETF Documents ( in effect on the date of publication of this document. Please review these documents carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect to this document. Code Components extracted from this document must include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as described in the Simplified BSD License.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction ....................................................2 1.1. Terminology ................................................3 2. DNS Query/Response Headers ......................................3 2.1. One Spare Bit? .............................................4 2.2. OpCode Assignment ..........................................4 2.3. RCODE Assignment ...........................................4 3. DNS Resource Records ............................................6 3.1. RRTYPE IANA Considerations .................................7 3.1.1. DNS RRTYPE Allocation Policy ........................8 3.1.2. DNS RRTYPE Expert Guidelines .......................10 3.1.3. Special Note on the OPT RR .........................10 3.1.4. The AFSDB RR Subtype Field .........................10 3.2. RR CLASS IANA Considerations ..............................11 3.3. Label Considerations ......................................13 3.3.1. Label Types ........................................13 3.3.2. Label Contents and Use .............................13 4. Security Considerations ........................................14 5. IANA Considerations ............................................14 Appendix A. RRTYPE Allocation Template ............................15 Appendix B. Changes from RFC 6195 .................................16 Normative References ..............................................17 Informative References ............................................18 Acknowledgements ..................................................19

1. Introduction

The Domain Name System (DNS) provides replicated distributed secure hierarchical databases that store "resource records" (RRs) under domain names. DNS data is structured into CLASSes and zones that can be independently maintained. Familiarity with [RFC1034], [RFC1035], [RFC2136], [RFC2181], and [RFC4033] is assumed. This document provides, either directly or by reference, the general IANA parameter assignment considerations that apply across DNS query and response headers and all RRs. There may be additional IANA considerations that apply to only a particular RRTYPE or query/response OpCode. See the specific RFC defining that RRTYPE or query/response OpCode for such considerations if they have been defined, except for AFSDB RR considerations [RFC1183], which are included herein. This RFC obsoletes [RFC6195]; however, the only significant changes are those to the RRTYPE IANA allocation process, aimed at streamlining it and clarifying the expected behavior of the parties involved, and the closing of the AFSDB subtype registry. IANA currently maintains a web page of DNS parameters available from <>.
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1.1. Terminology

"Standards Action", "IETF Review", "Specification Required", and "Private Use" are as defined in [RFC5226].

2. DNS Query/Response Headers

The header for DNS queries and responses contains field/bits in the following diagram taken from [RFC2136]: 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ | ID | +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ |QR| OpCode |AA|TC|RD|RA| Z|AD|CD| RCODE | +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ | QDCOUNT/ZOCOUNT | +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ | ANCOUNT/PRCOUNT | +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ | NSCOUNT/UPCOUNT | +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ | ARCOUNT | +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ The ID field identifies the query and is echoed in the response so they can be matched. The QR bit indicates whether the header is for a query or a response. The AA, TC, RD, RA, and CD bits are each theoretically meaningful only in queries or only in responses, depending on the bit. The AD bit was only meaningful in responses but is expected to have a separate but related meaning in queries (see Section 5.7 of [RFC6840]). Only the RD and CD bits are expected to be copied from the query to the response; however, some DNS implementations copy all the query header as the initial value of the response header. Thus, any attempt to use a "query" bit with a different meaning in a response or to define a query meaning for a "response" bit may be dangerous, given the existing implementation. Meanings for these bits may only be assigned by a Standards Action. The unsigned integer fields query count (QDCOUNT), answer count (ANCOUNT), authority count (NSCOUNT), and additional information count (ARCOUNT) express the number of records in each section for all OpCodes except Update [RFC2136]. These fields have the same
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   structure and data type for Update but are instead the counts for the
   zone (ZOCOUNT), prerequisite (PRCOUNT), update (UPCOUNT), and
   additional information (ARCOUNT) sections.

2.1. One Spare Bit?

There have been ancient DNS implementations for which the Z bit being on in a query meant that only a response from the primary server for a zone is acceptable. It is believed that current DNS implementations ignore this bit. Assigning a meaning to the Z bit requires a Standards Action.

2.2. OpCode Assignment

Currently, DNS OpCodes are assigned as follows: OpCode Name Reference 0 Query [RFC1035] 1 IQuery (Inverse Query, OBSOLETE) [RFC3425] 2 Status [RFC1035] 3 Unassigned 4 Notify [RFC1996] 5 Update [RFC2136] 6-15 Unassigned Although the Status OpCode is reserved in [RFC1035], its behavior has not been specified. New OpCode assignments require a Standards Action with early allocation permitted as specified in [RFC4020].

2.3. RCODE Assignment

It would appear from the DNS header above that only four bits of RCODE, or response/error code, are available. However, RCODEs can appear not only at the top level of a DNS response but also inside TSIG RRs [RFC2845], TKEY RRs [RFC2930], and extended by OPT RRs [RFC6891]. The OPT RR provides an 8-bit extension to the 4 header bits, resulting in a 12-bit RCODE field, and the TSIG and TKEY RRs have a 16-bit field designated in their RFCs as the "Error" field. Error codes appearing in the DNS header and in these other RR types all refer to the same error code space with the exception of error code 16, which has a different meaning in the OPT RR than in the TSIG RR, and error code 9, whose variations are described after the table below. The duplicate assignment of 16 was accidental. To the extent that any prior RFCs imply any sort of different error number space for the OPT, TSIG, or TKEY RRs, they are superseded by this unified
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   DNS error number space.  (This paragraph is the reason this document
   updates [RFC2845] and [RFC2930].)  With the existing exceptions of
   error numbers 9 and 16, the same error number must not be assigned
   for different errors even if they would only occur in different RR
   types.  See table below.

          RCODE   Name    Description                        Reference

           0    NoError   No Error                           [RFC1035]
           1    FormErr   Format Error                       [RFC1035]
           2    ServFail  Server Failure                     [RFC1035]
           3    NXDomain  Non-Existent Domain                [RFC1035]
           4    NotImp    Not Implemented                    [RFC1035]
           5    Refused   Query Refused                      [RFC1035]
           6    YXDomain  Name Exists when it should not     [RFC2136]
           7    YXRRSet   RR Set Exists when it should not   [RFC2136]
           8    NXRRSet   RR Set that should exist does not  [RFC2136]
           9    NotAuth   Server Not Authoritative for zone  [RFC2136]
           9    NotAuth   Not Authorized                     [RFC2845]
          10    NotZone   Name not contained in zone         [RFC2136]

          11 - 15
         0xB - 0xF        Unassigned

          16    BADVERS   Bad OPT Version                    [RFC6891]
          16    BADSIG    TSIG Signature Failure             [RFC2845]
          17    BADKEY    Key not recognized                 [RFC2845]
          18    BADTIME   Signature out of time window       [RFC2845]
          19    BADMODE   Bad TKEY Mode                      [RFC2930]
          20    BADNAME   Duplicate key name                 [RFC2930]
          21    BADALG    Algorithm not supported            [RFC2930]
          22    BADTRUNC  Bad Truncation                     [RFC4635]

          23 - 3,840
      0x0017 - 0x0F00     Unassigned

       3,841 - 4,095
      0x0F01 - 0x0FFF     Reserved for Private Use

       4,096 - 65,534
      0x1000 - 0xFFFE     Unassigned

      0xFFFF              Reserved; can only be allocated by Standards
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      Note on error number 9 (NotAuth): This error number means either
      "Not Authoritative" [RFC2136] or "Not Authorized" [RFC2845].  If 9
      appears as the RCODE in the header of a DNS response without a
      TSIG RR or with a TSIG RR having a zero error field, then it means
      "Not Authoritative".  If 9 appears as the RCODE in the header of a
      DNS response that includes a TSIG RR with a non-zero error field,
      then it means "Not Authorized".

   Since it is important that RCODEs be understood for interoperability,
   assignment of a new RCODE in the ranges listed above as "Unassigned"
   requires an IETF Review.

3. DNS Resource Records

All RRs have the same top-level format, shown in the figure below taken from [RFC1035]. 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ | | / / / NAME / / / +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ | TYPE | +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ | CLASS | +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ | TTL | | | +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ | RDLENGTH | +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--| / RDATA / / / +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+ NAME is an owner name, i.e., the name of the node to which this resource record pertains. NAMEs are specific to a CLASS as described in Section 3.2. NAMEs consist of an ordered sequence of one or more labels, each of which has a label type [RFC1035] [RFC6891]. TYPE is a 2-octet unsigned integer containing one of the RRTYPE codes. See Section 3.1. CLASS is a 2-octet unsigned integer containing one of the RR CLASS codes. See Section 3.2.
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   TTL is a 4-octet (32-bit) unsigned integer that specifies, for data
   TYPEs, the number of seconds that the resource record may be cached
   before the source of the information should again be consulted.  Zero
   is interpreted to mean that the RR can only be used for the
   transaction in progress.

   RDLENGTH is an unsigned 16-bit integer that specifies the length in
   octets of the RDATA field.

   RDATA is a variable-length string of octets that constitutes the
   resource.  The format of this information varies according to the
   TYPE and, in some cases, the CLASS of the resource record.

3.1. RRTYPE IANA Considerations

There are three subcategories of RRTYPE numbers: data TYPEs, QTYPEs, and Meta-TYPEs. Data TYPEs are the means of storing data. QTYPES can only be used in queries. Meta-TYPEs designate transient data associated with a particular DNS message and, in some cases, can also be used in queries. Thus far, data TYPEs have been assigned from 1 upward, plus the block from 100 through 103, and from 32,768 upward, while Q and Meta-TYPEs have been assigned from 255 downward except for the OPT Meta-RR, which is assigned TYPE 41. There have been DNS implementations that made caching decisions based on the top bit of the bottom byte of the RRTYPE. There are currently three Meta-TYPEs assigned: OPT [RFC6891], TSIG [RFC2845], and TKEY [RFC2930]. There are currently five QTYPEs assigned: * (ALL/ANY), MAILA, MAILB, AXFR, and IXFR. Allocated RRTYPEs have mnemonics that must be completely disjoint from the mnemonics used for CLASSes and that must match the regular expression below. In addition, the generic CLASS and RRTYPE names specified in Section 5 of [RFC3597] cannot be assigned as new RRTYPE mnemonics. [A-Z][A-Z0-9\-]*[A-Z0-9] but not (TYPE|CLASS)[0-9]*
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   Considerations for the allocation of new RRTYPEs are as follows:

    Hexadecimal       Assignment Policy

    0x0000            RRTYPE zero is used as a special indicator for the
                      SIG(0) RR [RFC2931] [RFC4034] and in other
                      circumstances and must never be allocated for
                      ordinary use.

         1 - 127
    0x0001 - 0x007F   Remaining RRTYPEs in this range are assigned for
                      data TYPEs by the DNS RRTYPE Allocation Policy as
                      specified in Section 3.1.1.

         128 - 255
    0x0080 - 0x00FF   Remaining RRTYPEs in this range are assigned for Q
                      and Meta-TYPEs by the DNS RRTYPE Allocation Policy
                      as specified in Section 3.1.1.

       256 - 61,439
    0x0100 - 0xEFFF   Remaining RRTYPEs in this range are assigned for
                      data RRTYPEs by the DNS RRTYPE Allocation Policy
                      as specified in Section 3.1.1.  (32,768 and 32,769
                      (0x8000 and 0x8001) have been assigned.)

    61,440 - 65,279
    0xF000 - 0xFEFF   Reserved for future use.  IETF Review required to
                      define use.

    65,280 - 65,534
    0xFF00 - 0xFFFE   Reserved for Private Use.

    0xFFFF            Reserved (Standards Action)

3.1.1. DNS RRTYPE Allocation Policy

Parameter values specified in Section 3.1 above, as assigned based on DNS RRTYPE Allocation Policy, are allocated by Expert Review if they meet the two requirements listed below. There will be a pool of a small number of Experts appointed by the IESG. Each application will be judged by an Expert selected by IANA. In any case where the selected Expert is unavailable or states they have a conflict of interest, IANA may select another Expert from the pool. Some guidelines for the Experts are given in Section 3.1.2.
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   RRTYPEs that do not meet the requirements below may nonetheless be
   allocated by a Standards Action with early allocation permitted as
   specified in [RFC4020].

   1. A complete template as specified in Appendix A has been posted to
      the mailing list and received by
      the Expert.

      Note that the posting of partially completed, draft, or formally
      submitted templates to by the applicant or Expert
      for comment and discussion is highly encouraged.  Before formal
      submission of an RRTYPE template, we recommend submitting it for
      community review and considering the responses in order to reduce
      the probability of initial rejection and the need for modification
      and resubmission.

   2. The RR for which an RRTYPE code is being requested is either (a) a
      data TYPE that can be handled as an Unknown RR as described in
      [RFC3597] or (b) a Meta-TYPE whose processing is optional, i.e.,
      it is safe to simply discard RRs with that Meta-TYPE in queries or

      Note that such RRs may include additional section processing,
      provided such processing is optional.

   After the applicant submits their formal application to IANA by
   sending the completed template specified in Appendix A to the mailing list, IANA appoints an
   Expert and sends the completed template to the Expert, copying the
   applicant.  No more than two weeks after receiving the application,
   the Expert shall explicitly approve or reject the application,
   informing IANA, the applicant, and the mailing list.
   A rejection should include the reason for rejection and may include
   suggestions for improvement.  The Expert should consult with other
   technical experts and the mailing list as necessary.
   If the Expert does not approve the application within this period, it
   is considered rejected.  IANA should report non-responsive Experts to
   the IESG.

   IANA shall maintain a public archive of approved templates.  In
   addition, if the required description of the RRTYPE applied for is
   referenced by URL, a copy of the document so referenced should be
   included in the archive.
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3.1.2. DNS RRTYPE Expert Guidelines

The Designated Expert should normally be lenient, preferring to approve most requests. However, the Expert should usually reject any RRTYPE allocation request that meets one or more of the following criteria: 1. The request was documented in a manner that was not sufficiently clear or complete to evaluate or implement. (Additional documentation can be provided during the Expert Review period.) 2. The proposed RRTYPE or RRTYPEs affect DNS processing and do not meet the criteria in point 2 of Section 3.1.1 above. 3. Application use as documented makes incorrect assumptions about DNS protocol behavior, such as wildcards, CNAME, DNAME, etc. 4. An excessive number of RRTYPE values is being requested when the purpose could be met with a smaller number of values or with Private Use values.

3.1.3. Special Note on the OPT RR

The OPT (OPTion) RR (RRTYPE 41) and its IANA considerations are specified in [RFC6891]. Its primary purpose is to extend the effective field size of various DNS fields, including RCODE, label type, OpCode, flag bits, and RDATA size. In particular, for resolvers and servers that recognize it, it extends the RCODE field from 4 to 12 bits.

3.1.4. The AFSDB RR Subtype Field

The AFSDB RR [RFC1183] is a CLASS-insensitive RR that has the same RDATA field structure as the MX RR [RFC1035], but the 16-bit unsigned integer field at the beginning of the RDATA is interpreted as a subtype as shown below. Use of the AFSDB RR to locate AFS cell database servers was deprecated by [RFC5864]. This subtype registry is hereby closed, and allocation of new subtypes is no longer permitted.
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    Hexadecimal       Assignment Policy

    0x0000            Reserved; registry closed

    0x0001            AFS v3.0 Location Service [RFC1183]

    0x0002            DCE/NCA root cell directory node [RFC1183]

         3 - 65,279
    0x0003 - 0xFEFF   Not allocated; registry closed

    65,280 - 65,534
    0xFF00 - 0xFFFE   Private Use

    0xFFFF            Reserved; registry closed

3.2. RR CLASS IANA Considerations

There are currently two subcategories of DNS CLASSes: normal, data- containing classes; and QCLASSes that are only meaningful in queries or updates. DNS CLASSes have been little used but constitute another dimension of the DNS distributed database. In particular, there is no necessary relationship between the namespace or root servers for one data CLASS and those for another data CLASS. The same DNS NAME can have completely different meanings in different CLASSes. The label types are the same, and the null label is usable only as root in every CLASS. As global networking and DNS have evolved, the IN, or Internet, CLASS has dominated DNS use. As yet, there has not been a requirement for "Meta-CLASSes". That would be a CLASS to designate transient data associated with a particular DNS message, which might be usable in queries. However, it is possible that there might be a future requirement for one or more "Meta-CLASSes". Assigned CLASSes have mnemonics that must be completely disjoint from the mnemonics used for RRTYPEs and that must match the regular expression below. In addition, the generic CLASS and RRTYPE names specified in Section 5 of [RFC3597] cannot be assigned as new CLASS mnemonics.
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                                  but not

   The current CLASS assignments and considerations for future
   assignments are as follows:

    Hexadecimal       Assignment / Policy, Reference

    0x0000            Reserved; assignment requires a Standards Action.

    0x0001            Internet (IN) [RFC1035]

    0x0002            Available for assignment by IETF Review as a data

    0x0003            Chaos (CH) [Moon1981]

    0x0004            Hesiod (HS) [Dyer1987]

         5 - 127
    0x0005 - 0x007F   Available for assignment by IETF Review for data
                      CLASSes only.

       128 - 253
    0x0080 - 0x00FD   Available for assignment by IETF Review for
                      QCLASSes and Meta-CLASSes only.

    0x00FE            QCLASS NONE [RFC2136]

    0x00FF            QCLASS * (ANY) [RFC1035]

       256 - 32,767
    0x0100 - 0x7FFF   Available for assignment by IETF Review.

    32,768 - 57,343
    0x8000 - 0xDFFF   Available for assignment to data CLASSes only;
                      Specification Required.
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    57,344 - 65,279
    0xE000 - 0xFEFF   Available for assignment to QCLASSes and
                      Meta-CLASSes only; Specification Required.

    65,280 - 65,534
    0xFF00 - 0xFFFE   Private Use

    0xFFFF            Reserved; can only be assigned by a Standards

3.3. Label Considerations

DNS NAMEs are sequences of labels [RFC1035].

3.3.1. Label Types

At the present time, there are two categories of label types: data labels and compression labels. Compression labels are pointers to data labels elsewhere within an RR or DNS message and are intended to shorten the wire encoding of NAMEs. The two existing data label types are sometimes referred to as Text and Binary. Text labels can, in fact, include any octet value including zero-value octets, but many current uses involve only printing ASCII characters [US-ASCII]. For retrieval, Text labels are defined to treat ASCII uppercase and lowercase letter codes as matching [RFC4343]. Binary labels are bit sequences [RFC2673]. The Binary Label type is Historic [RFC6891].

3.3.2. Label Contents and Use

The last label in each NAME is "ROOT", which is the zero-length label. By definition, the null or ROOT label cannot be used for any other NAME purpose. NAMEs are local to a CLASS. The Hesiod [Dyer1987] and Chaos [Moon1981] CLASSes are for essentially local use. The IN, or Internet, CLASS is thus the only DNS CLASS in global use on the Internet at this time. A somewhat out-of-date description of name allocation in the IN CLASS is given in [RFC1591]. Some information on reserved top-level domain names is in BCP 32 [RFC2606].
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4. Security Considerations

This document addresses IANA considerations in the allocation of general DNS parameters, not security. See [RFC4033], [RFC4034], and [RFC4035] for secure DNS considerations.

5. IANA Considerations

This document consists entirely of DNS IANA considerations. IANA has established a process for accepting Appendix A templates and selecting an Expert from those appointed to review such template form applications. IANA forwards the template to the Expert, copying the applicant. IANA archives and makes available all approved RRTYPE allocation templates and referred documentation (unless it is readily available at a stable URI). It is the duty of the applicant to post the formal application template to the mailing list, which IANA will monitor. The mailing list is for community discussion and comment. See Section 3.1 and Appendix A for more details.
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Appendix A. RRTYPE Allocation Template

DNS RRTYPE PARAMETER ALLOCATION TEMPLATE When ready for formal consideration, this template is to be submitted to IANA for processing by emailing the template to dns-rrtype- A. Submission Date: B.1 Submission Type: [ ] New RRTYPE [ ] Modification to RRTYPE B.2 Kind of RR: [ ] Data RR [ ] Meta-RR C. Contact Information for submitter (will be publicly posted): Name: Email Address: International telephone number: Other contact handles: D. Motivation for the new RRTYPE application. Please keep this part at a high level to inform the Expert and reviewers about uses of the RRTYPE. Most reviewers will be DNS experts that may have limited knowledge of your application space. E. Description of the proposed RR type. This description can be provided in-line in the template, as an attachment, or with a publicly available URL. F. What existing RRTYPE or RRTYPEs come closest to filling that need and why are they unsatisfactory? G. What mnemonic is requested for the new RRTYPE (optional)? Note: If a mnemonic is not supplied, not allowed, or duplicates an existing RRTYPE or CLASS mnemonic, the Expert will assign a mnemonic. H. Does the requested RRTYPE make use of any existing IANA registry or require the creation of a new IANA subregistry in DNS Parameters? If so, please indicate which registry is to be used or created. If a new subregistry is needed, specify the allocation policy for it and its initial contents. Also include what the modification procedures will be. I. Does the proposal require/expect any changes in DNS servers/resolvers that prevent the new type from being processed as an unknown RRTYPE (see [RFC3597])? J. Comments:
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Appendix B. Changes from RFC 6195

Dropped description of changes from RFC 5395 to [RFC6195], since those changes have already happened and we don't need to do them again. Added description of changes from [RFC6195] to this document. Cut back RRTYPE Expert Review period to two weeks and eliminated the mandatory comment period. Changed workflow description for RRTYPE review and allocation to correspond more closely to actual practice. Closed the AFSDB subtype registry and added an informative reference to [RFC5864] where the use of the AFSDB RR to locate AFS cell database servers is deprecated. Clarified IANA archiving of referenced documentation as well as approved RRTYPE application template. In the RRTYPE application template, changed the label of question "B" to "B.1" and added "B.2" to ask about the kind of RR. Added text and an exclusory regular expression to Sections 3.1 and 3.2 to prohibit the use of a slight generalization of the generic CLASS and RRTYPE names specified in [RFC3597] as the mnemonics for new CLASSes and RRTYPEs. Parenthetically listed "ANY" as well as "ALL" as a meaning for the "*" RRTYPE. Clarified that there is one DNS error number space for headers, OPT extended headers, TSIG RRs, and TKEY RRs. Noted that this is considered to update [RFC2845] and [RFC2930]. Noted the overloading of error number 9 as well as 16. Updated references for revised versions. Incorporated a number of editorial changes and typo fixes.
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Normative References

[RFC1034] Mockapetris, P., "Domain names - concepts and facilities", STD 13, RFC 1034, November 1987. [RFC1035] Mockapetris, P., "Domain names - implementation and specification", STD 13, RFC 1035, November 1987. [RFC1996] Vixie, P., "A Mechanism for Prompt Notification of Zone Changes (DNS NOTIFY)", RFC 1996, August 1996. [RFC2136] Vixie, P., Ed., Thomson, S., Rekhter, Y., and J. Bound, "Dynamic Updates in the Domain Name System (DNS UPDATE)", RFC 2136, April 1997. [RFC2181] Elz, R. and R. Bush, "Clarifications to the DNS Specification", RFC 2181, July 1997. [RFC2845] Vixie, P., Gudmundsson, O., Eastlake 3rd, D., and B. Wellington, "Secret Key Transaction Authentication for DNS (TSIG)", RFC 2845, May 2000. [RFC2930] Eastlake 3rd, D., "Secret Key Establishment for DNS (TKEY RR)", RFC 2930, September 2000. [RFC3425] Lawrence, D., "Obsoleting IQUERY", RFC 3425, November 2002. [RFC3597] Gustafsson, A., "Handling of Unknown DNS Resource Record (RR) Types", RFC 3597, September 2003. [RFC4020] Kompella, K. and A. Zinin, "Early IANA Allocation of Standards Track Code Points", BCP 100, RFC 4020, February 2005. [RFC4033] Arends, R., Austein, R., Larson, M., Massey, D., and S. Rose, "DNS Security Introduction and Requirements", RFC 4033, March 2005. [RFC4034] Arends, R., Austein, R., Larson, M., Massey, D., and S. Rose, "Resource Records for the DNS Security Extensions", RFC 4034, March 2005. [RFC4035] Arends, R., Austein, R., Larson, M., Massey, D., and S. Rose, "Protocol Modifications for the DNS Security Extensions", RFC 4035, March 2005.
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   [RFC4635]   Eastlake 3rd, D., "HMAC SHA (Hashed Message
               Authentication Code, Secure Hash Algorithm) TSIG
               Algorithm Identifiers", RFC 4635, August 2006.

   [RFC5226]   Narten, T. and H. Alvestrand, "Guidelines for Writing an
               IANA Considerations Section in RFCs", BCP 26, RFC 5226,
               May 2008.

   [RFC6840]   Weiler, S., Ed., and D. Blacka, Ed., "Clarifications and
               Implementation Notes for DNS Security (DNSSEC)",
               RFC 6840, February 2013.

   [RFC6891]   Damas, J., Graff, M., and Vixie, P., "Extension
               Mechanisms for DNS (EDNS(0))", STD 75, RFC 6891, April

   [US-ASCII]  American National Standards Institute (formerly United
               States of America Standards Institute), "USA Code for
               Information Interchange", ANSI X3.4-1968, 1968.

               ANSI X3.4-1968 has been replaced by newer versions with
               slight modifications, but the 1968 version remains
               definitive for the Internet.

Informative References

[Dyer1987] Dyer, S., and F. Hsu, "Hesiod", Project Athena Technical Plan - Name Service, April 1987. [Moon1981] Moon, D., "Chaosnet", A.I. Memo 628, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, June 1981. [RFC1183] Everhart, C., Mamakos, L., Ullmann, R., and P. Mockapetris, "New DNS RR Definitions", RFC 1183, October 1990. [RFC1591] Postel, J., "Domain Name System Structure and Delegation", RFC 1591, March 1994. [RFC2606] Eastlake 3rd, D. and A. Panitz, "Reserved Top Level DNS Names", BCP 32, RFC 2606, June 1999. [RFC2673] Crawford, M., "Binary Labels in the Domain Name System", RFC 2673, August 1999. [RFC2931] Eastlake 3rd, D., "DNS Request and Transaction Signatures ( SIG(0)s )", RFC 2931, September 2000.
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   [RFC4343]   Eastlake 3rd, D., "Domain Name System (DNS) Case
               Insensitivity Clarification", RFC 4343, January 2006.

   [RFC5864]   Allbery, R., "DNS SRV Resource Records for AFS",
               RFC 5864, April 2010.

   [RFC6195]   Eastlake 3rd, D., "Domain Name System (DNS) IANA
               Considerations", RFC 6195, March 2011.


Alfred Hoenes' contributions are gratefully acknowledged as are those by Mark Andrews, Dick Franks, and Michael Sheldon.

Author's Address

Donald E. Eastlake 3rd Huawei Technologies 155 Beaver Street Milford, MA 01757 USA Phone: +1-508-333-2270 EMail: