[dns-operations] Adding CNAME for the root domain issue

Matthew Pounsett matt at conundrum.com
Wed Apr 27 23:10:20 UTC 2016

On 27 April 2016 at 14:31, Dave Warren <davew at hireahit.com> wrote:

> A new RR that would be"return defined record if it exists, otherwise alias
> to..." might solve all of the problems by simply allowing aliases and other
> records to coexist, but frankly, SRV records are a better solution in a
> number of ways (and SRV records already exist, we just need to get browser
> manufacturers to implement them)
As I pointed out earlier in this thread [1] (before moving it to
dns-operations) getting the browser developers in on SRV records isn't all
that easy.

The applicability statement in RFC 2782 says that SRV records cannot be
used for a protocol unless the relevant protocol spec says they can, and
the browser developers lobby hard at the W3C to make sure that's not going
to happen with HTTP.   We would need at least an equally strong lobbying
effort from the DNS community to counter it, and some pretty solid
arguments to dispel the FUD from the browsers about how it would destroy
the Internet (or at least their market share).

If SRV made it into the HTTP spec, and a few DNS hosting companies started
using it, I suspect the browsers would fall in line pretty fast.
Especially when Joe User comes along complaining they can get to
https://facebook.com from Chrome but not from Firefox, so what's the deal
Firefox why are you censoring my Internet!

[1]: <https://lists.isc.org/pipermail/bind-users/2016-April/096729.html>
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