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Re: IAB and "private" numbering

  • From: Geoff Huston
  • Date: Sun Nov 13 12:21:06 2005

Example registered but not 'routed':
Not a good example.

This particular /8 allocation is described by IANA as "007/8 Apr 95 IANA - Reserved" in while a whois query to the ARIN database reveals:

$ whois

OrgName: DoD Network Information Center
Address: 3990 E. Broad Street
City: Columbus
StateProv: OH
PostalCode: 43218
Country: US

NetRange: -
NetHandle: NET-7-0-0-0-1
NetType: Direct Allocation
Comment: Defense Information Systems Agency
Comment: DISA /D3
Comment: 11440 Isaac Newton Square
Comment: Reston, VA 22090-5087 US
RegDate: 1997-11-24
Updated: 1998-09-26

RTechName: Network DoD
RTechPhone: +1-800-365-3642
RTechEmail: [email protected]

OrgTechName: Network DoD
OrgTechPhone: +1-800-365-3642
OrgTechEmail: [email protected]

# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2005-11-12 19:10
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN's WHOIS database.

So in this case who is telling the truth? IANA or ARIN? Is this, as ARIN data is claiming, an address block that is currently allocated to the US Dept of Defense via a "direct allocation" (by IANA presumably, but unspecified in any case), or is this, as IANA data is claiming, an address block that is currently in the IANA reserved pool and can be allocated to an RIR in the future. Go figure.

Would we want to change whois output to include the 'pub/priv' flag?
or "conflicting data" flag?

or perhaps I completely missed the mark? :)
no comment :-)