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Re: Spain was offline

  • From: Steven M. Bellovin
  • Date: Thu Aug 31 13:48:13 2006

On Thu, 31 Aug 2006 13:03:38 -0400, [email protected] wrote:

> On Thu, 31 Aug 2006 17:30:37 BST, Peter Corlett said:
> > OTOH, I can believe that somebody broke a Perl script critical to it  
> > and it rolled out a valid, but empty, zonefile which the secondaries  
> > faithfully replicated. Not that I've watched cascading DNS failures  
> > at too many places with bits of crufty Perl, oh no...
> ISTR some database extract failing in a new and unusual way a few years
> ago, and about 1/3 of the entire .com domain evaporolated for several hours....
This is an old, old story -- such failures have been with us for a long
time.  Not all that many years ago, the entire (US) 800 number system was
down for a similar reason -- the program that populated the production
database from the back end master copies hiccupped, and things got *very*

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		--Steven M. Bellovin,