A coalition of Internet companies recently announced that it would stop supporting solutions to host domain name system (DNS) operators that do not meet the latest standards.
DNS is a system that converts domain names into Internet Protocol addresses that can process devices.
Changes will be implemented from February 1, 2019, a date duplicated DNA Flag Day.
Businesses indicated that DNA was unnecessarily slow and ineffective because of the need to adapt some systems that do not comply with the twenty years ago DNA standards.
"This change will affect domains hosted on authoritative servers that do not meet the original DNA standards, starting from 1987, nor the latest EDNS standards from 1999," they said.
Companies that are part of the coalition include Cisco, Cloudflare, Facebook, Google and Quad9.
DNS Flag Day Website includes a way to check domains to meet new standards.
South Africa's Major Hosting and Internet Service Provider Domain Verification Error Message on Big Player's Website – Telkom.
“This domain does not support the latest DNS standards. As a result, this domain cannot support the latest security features and may be a lighter target for network attackers, ”warns the DNS flag day website.
To find out if organizations are ready for change, we talked to South African internet players.
Nishal Goburdhan, INX-ZA Internet Exchange Point Manager, said that all INX servers are fully compatible and ready for the DNS flag day.
"The INX name servers are authoritative not only for internet sharing, but also for the South African government (gov.za) and many IXP and community benefit projects in Africa," said Goburdhan.
Teraco and NAPAfrica Technical Manager for Interconnection and Peer Andrew Owen told MyBroadband that their internal network and DNA were ready.
“Our outbound DNS services are organized by Cloudflare, one of the strongest supporters of the movement, and therefore meet the requirements. Our reverse DNA is internally located and tested to ensure 100% compliance, ”said Owens.
Owens explained that Teraco does not offer any hosting or network services in the data center, so customers will be responsible for their DNA flagship readiness.
Hetzner said the network and hosting environment is ready for the DNS flag day.
Internet solutions said its DNS servers are ready. Its domains and the circles of clients that take them together have passed all the tests.
Afrihost said it anticipated change and would not be affected by it and its customers.
“We have completed the changes and are ready for change. We will closely monitor something unexpected, ”said Afrihost.
Webafrica CTO Alan Kirton told MyBroadband that they had completed preparations for the DNA flag day and unexpected surprises.
"Our DNA requirements are mostly handled by Cloudflare or caching with IS," Kirton said.
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Packet Clearing House provides secondary DNS services for nearly 400 top-level domains.
"The entire PCH global infrastructure is fully in line with the DNS flag day recommendations," he said.
MTN representative Jacqui O & # 39; Sullivan confirmed that their network and hosting environment is ready for the DNS flag day.
"MTN has taken due care and has no problem waiting for the big day."
Vodacom said he was ready for the DNA flag day and would meet on February 1, 2019.
Liquid Telecom – refused to comment
Liquid Telecom could not comment on whether their network and hosting environment is ready for the DNS flag day.
Telkom – No Comments
Telkom did not respond to a comment on the DNS flag day alert.
The company previously told MyBroadband that its systems have been updated for major changes and will monitor its DNA environment during transmission.
"Telkom's DNS systems have been updated with the new keys, both SAIX and Telkom," at that time, a TelBom spokesman told MyBroadband.