[dns-operations] *.cn A wildcard

Matt Larson mlarson at verisign.com
Mon Nov 2 18:41:35 UTC 2009

On Thu, 29 Oct 2009, Jaap Akkerhuis wrote:
>     Verisign used to do something similar to bootstrap their RACE-based
>     IDN testbed a couple of years ago.  You got a synthesized A record for
>     every domain name which contained a non-ASCII octet, and that web page
>     served an ActiveX control which installed a RACE helper in Internet
>     Explorer.  But my memory is a bit foggy. 8-/
> What I remember is that it checked whether the 8th-bit was on (or not).

Yes, that was the check.  Internally we called it the "binary

For the record, the .com and .net name servers no longer exhibit this
behavior and have not for some time (i.e., measured in years).


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