WHOIS – where has the rest gone?

Today we noticed that there was a change in the way that WHOIS was reporting from the console. A couple of us noticed, one of us voiced it – then it became immediately more obvious.

Consoles. Wonderful things. Ask. You will receive.

We noticed the bottom half of response is missing.

This is the Thick and Thin part of the response. Stick with me – lets walk through it together. Dilbert – he is my stock lookup as bbc.news is my go to for ICMP … anyway here we go:

 

[16:38:24] [~]
-> % whois dilbert.com

Domain Name: DILBERT.COM
Registry Domain ID: 3873858_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.corporatedomains.com
Registrar URL: http://www.cscglobal.com/global/web/csc/digital-brand-services.html
Updated Date: 2017-01-18T06:16:09Z
Creation Date: 1997-01-21T05:00:00Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2018-01-22T05:00:00Z
Registrar: CSC Corporate Domains, Inc.
Registrar IANA ID: 299
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: domainabuse@cscglobal.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: 8887802723
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Name Server: DNS01.UCLICK.COM
Name Server: DNS02.UCLICK.COM
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
>>> Last update of whois database: 2017-08-08T15:38:18Z <<<

 

So where is the rest? Sure, I trimmed off the disclaimer and all that guff. But where are all the other things. You know? The addresses of the registrant, admin, technical contact.

Query against whois.corporatedomains.com and you get the full deal…

 

[16:39:12] [~]
-> % whois dilbert.com -h whois.corporatedomains.com

Domain Name: dilbert.com
Registry Domain ID: 3873858_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.corporatedomains.com
Registrar URL: www.cscprotectsbrands.com
Updated Date: 2017-01-18T06:16:10Z
Creation Date: 1997-01-21T05:00:00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2018-01-22T05:00:00Z
Registrar: CSC CORPORATE DOMAINS, INC.
Registrar IANA ID: 299
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: domainabuse@cscglobal.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8887802723
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: Scott Adams
Registrant Organization: Scott Adams
Registrant Street: 200 Madison Avenue
Registrant City: New York
Registrant State/Province: NY
Registrant Postal Code: 10016
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.2122938500
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +1.2122938500
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: domainadmin@unitedmedia.com
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: Scott Adams
Admin Organization: Scott Adams
Admin Street: 200 Madison Avenue
Admin City: New York
Admin State/Province: NY
Admin Postal Code: 10016
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.2122938500
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: +1.2122938500
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: domainadmin@unitedmedia.com
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: Scott Adams
Tech Organization: Scott Adams
Tech Street: 200 Madison Avenue
Tech City: New York
Tech State/Province: NY
Tech Postal Code: 10016
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.2122938500
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +1.2122938500
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: domainadmin@unitedmedia.com
Name Server: dns02.uclick.com
Name Server: dns01.uclick.com
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2017-01-18T06:16:10Z <<<

…. so what is going on here? Is this the ROOT resolvers not recursing?

When did this stop?

Is this just ICANN as Nominet seem to be doing their old thing.

Lets assume it’s nothing sinister – however it is worth mentioning – where did it go?

There was me assuming that the WHOIS client grabbed the two parts independently – the root record, and then the thicker response from the top level registrar.

I am GUESSING this is not the case, and it used to recurse. You would ask the root server, and it would then ask the top level registrar and return the whole package.

Some sites appear to still be working just fine – however console clients on a Pi / Debian / Ubuntu / Apple machines are all seeing the same. Odd. I would have expected that to be in the tech news somewhere?

Anyway – the things you notice.

 

[Update Monday 8th January 2018]

Well – will you LOOK at that.

It appears to have reverted at some point. Again, I noticed it earlier in the day, and then a colleague mentioned it also – and it’s all gone back again.

Now I wonder if that was a change the WHOIS binary – or the way in which the servers are responding?

Here is the example above, in full, as I would expect:

[17:13:50] [~/Desktop] 
-> % whois dilbert.com
   Domain Name: DILBERT.COM
   Registry Domain ID: 3873858_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
   Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.corporatedomains.com
   Registrar URL: http://www.cscglobal.com/global/web/csc/digital-brand-services.html
   Updated Date: 2017-01-18T06:16:09Z
   Creation Date: 1997-01-21T05:00:00Z
   Registry Expiry Date: 2018-01-22T05:00:00Z
   Registrar: CSC Corporate Domains, Inc.
   Registrar IANA ID: 299
   Registrar Abuse Contact Email: domainabuse@cscglobal.com
   Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: 8887802723
   Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
   Name Server: DNS01.UCLICK.COM
   Name Server: DNS02.UCLICK.COM
   DNSSEC: unsigned
   URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
>>> Last update of whois database: 2018-01-08T17:13:50Z <<<

For more information on Whois status codes, please visit https://icann.org/epp

NOTICE: The expiration date displayed in this record is the date the
registrar’s sponsorship of the domain name registration in the registry is
currently set to expire. This date does not necessarily reflect the expiration
date of the domain name registrant’s agreement with the sponsoring
registrar.  Users may consult the sponsoring registrar’s Whois database to
view the registrar’s reported date of expiration for this registration.

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Services’ (“VeriSign”) Whois database is provided by VeriSign for
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about or related to a domain name registration record. VeriSign does not
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to: (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass
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Domain Name: dilbert.com
Registry Domain ID: 3873858_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.corporatedomains.com
Registrar URL: www.cscprotectsbrands.com
Updated Date: 2017-01-18T06:16:10Z
Creation Date: 1997-01-21T05:00:00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2018-01-22T05:00:00Z
Registrar: CSC CORPORATE DOMAINS, INC.
Registrar IANA ID: 299
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: domainabuse@cscglobal.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8887802723
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID: 
Registrant Name: Scott Adams
Registrant Organization: Scott Adams
Registrant Street: 200 Madison Avenue
Registrant City: New York
Registrant State/Province: NY
Registrant Postal Code: 10016
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.2122938500
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: +1.2122938500
Registrant Fax Ext: 
Registrant Email: domainadmin@unitedmedia.com
Registry Admin ID: 
Admin Name: Scott Adams
Admin Organization: Scott Adams
Admin Street: 200 Madison Avenue
Admin City: New York
Admin State/Province: NY
Admin Postal Code: 10016
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.2122938500
Admin Phone Ext: 
Admin Fax: +1.2122938500
Admin Fax Ext: 
Admin Email: domainadmin@unitedmedia.com
Registry Tech ID: 
Tech Name: Scott Adams
Tech Organization: Scott Adams
Tech Street: 200 Madison Avenue
Tech City: New York
Tech State/Province: NY
Tech Postal Code: 10016
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.2122938500
Tech Phone Ext: 
Tech Fax: +1.2122938500
Tech Fax Ext: 
Tech Email: domainadmin@unitedmedia.com
Name Server: dns02.uclick.com
Name Server: dns01.uclick.com
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2017-01-18T06:16:10Z <<<

For more information on Whois status codes, please visit https://icann.org/epp

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