[dns-operations] Winner of the most useless root-server query this nano second...

Doug Barton dougb at dougbarton.us
Thu May 31 22:29:53 UTC 2007

Peter Losher wrote:
> seen on one of the f-root servers (IP address to protect the guilty)

Well, the user is probably innocent, but still ...

> Don't you just love broken software...

When I was at Yahoo! I hacked BIND to log every query that we were
returning no answer for so that I could try to get our users to the
right place. By a factor of 30 to 1 vs. the number 2 entry, and by an
order of magnitude higher than all other entries combined, the most
popular failed query was for "http://www.yahoo.com" as an A record.

I never did figure out what software was generating those requests (I
couldn't do it with either IE or Mozilla), but adding a CNAME for that
one to our redirect page got me a 4% drop in overall query traffic
since whatever it was wasn't generating an endless string of retries

... and so it goes,



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