RIPE automatic inaddr-arpa checking tool available
RIPE NCC IN-ADDR. ARPA Role Account inaddr at ripe.net
Fri Jul 21 15:36:55 CEST 1995
Dear all, After many requests I have published the inaddr-arpa checking tool I developed at the RIPE NCC. We use it now at RIPE NCC quite for some time and it really saves us a lot of time, although the program is not perfect and still needs some polishing. Beware of changing/adapting the tool too much since I expect to make some big changes in the output format to facilitate further automatic processing. Furthermore, I want to split it in some smaller files and a config file for better maintainability. Of course comments and bug reports are welcome. Please read the included README file for more details. Kind regards, David Kessens RIPE NCC PS I am on vacation during the next two weeks, but I will certainly deal with any comments/bug reports when I return! -------- README for the inaddrtool v0.1 Date: 950719 Author: David Kessens, RIPE NCC NOTE: THE TOOL HAS BEEN MADE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF REQUESTS OF OUR CUSTOMERS TO DO SO. THE TOOL ITSELF HAS PROVEN IT'S USEFULNESS, BUT NOTE THE FACT THAT I EXPECT TO MAKE SOME BIG CHANGES BEFORE RELEASING A FINAL VERSION. ALSO SOME ADD-ON PROGRAMS THAT WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO ADD THE REVERSE DELEGATION CHANGES/REQUESTS AUTOMATICALLY TO (Y)OUR ZONEFILES ARE STILL MISSING. THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED AS SITE INDEPENT AS POSSIBLE. PLEASE USE THE NORMAL PROCEDURE AS DESCRIBED IN RIPE-105 IF YOU WANT TO DO A REVERSE DELEGATION REQUEST FOR A REVERSE DOMAIN MANAGED BY THE RIPE NCC, BUT SEND YOUR REQUEST TO <AUTO-INADDR at RIPE.NET> INSTEAD OF <HOSTMASTER at RIPE.NET> Reverse delegation tool (Alpha version!) ---------------------------------------- As of today the RIPE NCC offers an automated method for the submission of reverse zone delegations in 193.in-addr.arpa and 194.in-addr.arpa. The reverse delegation requests and the zone files on all nameservers will be checked automatically. The diagnostics generated by these checks will be returned to you automatically too. This will make you aware of any problems very quickly, so that you can correct them and re-submit your request. The most recent version of the tool is now publicly available at: ftp://ftp.ripe.net/tools/inaddrtool0.1.tar.gz The tool uses some other external programs for gathering the information it needs for checking your zone files: ftp://ftp.ripe.net/tools/ping.tar.Z ftp://ftp.ripe.net/tools/dns/host.tar.Z ftp://ftp.ripe.net/pride/tools/prtraceroute-2.0beta3.shar.gz Installing the software: - uncompress/unzip and untar the tool and the external programs - edit the variables in the source code (if needed): $TESTMODE=1 for testing, 0 for normal use $UPDLOGDIR="Directory for logging the incoming requests"; $ACKLOGDIR="Directory for logging the outgoing acknowledgements"; $FWLOGDIR="Directory for logging the outgoing approved requests"; $MSGQUEUEDIR="Directory for temporarily storing the requests"; $NSNAME="The name of your nameserver"; $NAMESERVERCHECK=; see for details the source code $MAILCMD=; see for details the source code $NICECMD="Your nice program if you want" else use ""; $HUMANMAIL="The E-mail address of the human processing the approved requests and answering questions. When $TESTMODE=1, all mail will be send to this address"; $AUTOMAIL="The E-mail address of the mail box that will auto process incoming requests"; - Put something like: "|/home/user/bin/inaddrtool 2>/dev/null" in the .forward file of user $AUTOMAIL Note: there is *NO* queuing mechanism yet, so beware of overloading your machine with a large number of requests. The input: The tool expects to read an E-mail message from standard input although there is no problem when using it stand-alone. The E-mail message should contain a valid RIPE database object as described in the ripe-105 (ftp://ftp.ripe.net/ripe/docs/ripe-105) procedure. When the automated procedure does not detect any errors, the request is forwarded to the $HUMANMAIL role account person for some additional manual checks and the processing of the delegation itself. An acknowledgement of this fact is also sent to the people mentioned in the From:/Reply-To: and Cc: field in the E-mail message. The tool will return an error report if errors are found. If $TESTMODE=1 all mail will be send to $HUMANMAIL. You can use some keywords in the 'Subject:' line of your E-mail to control the checking process. The use of the LONGACK keyword is very recommended. HELP - will send you a (patched) ripe-105 document CHANGE - is needed if you want to change an existing reverse delegation LONGACK - will give you the most verbose output as possible TEST - do the checks, but sent only a report back to the user even if no errors are found You also might want to use the special variable NSNAME that's documented in the source code itself (for experts only). RIPE document ripe-105 requires you to send in a RIPE database 'inetnum' object with a 'rev-srv' attribute for each nameserver for single/multiple C's reverse delegation requests and for whole blocks 'domain' objects with 'nserver' attributes for each nameserver. I am neither a DNS expert or native English writer ;-) so all your comments are welcome! Please send them together with complaints, bug reports or special requests to <inaddr at ripe.net>.
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