[At-Large] New Whois Access Audit posted

Lutz Donnerhacke lutz at iks-jena.de
Thu May 3 10:15:46 UTC 2012

* Antony Van Couvering wrote:
> 1. Why if it has to do with Port 43 are unreachable websites
>    considered a fail?  That would make sense for web-based Whois,
>    but not for Port 43.

The RAA requires both. Port 43 is the well known port for WHOIS. Naming the
web access port would cause confusion (as naming the other port number).

> 2. Why is rate-limiting considered a fail?  This is put in place by
> responsible registrars to prevent scraping of Whois data by spammers.

The AoC requires ICANN to provide "an unrestricted, public access to
complete and timely data" in terms of WHOIS.

Rate limits are - strictly speaking - illegal for ICANN accredited
registrars. But ICANN tolerates use usage.

If a service is unreachable, too strict rate limits might give the cause. So
they investigated "unreachable WHOIS" further and throw out rate limits as a
possible cause.

More information about the At-Large mailing list