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Re: DNS entry abuse question

  • From: Joe Shaw
  • Date: Fri Mar 19 13:14:21 1999

I honestly don't think there's much you can do regarding someone else
pointing an A record at one of your machines if you don't run DNS for the
domain that the A record is coming from.  Now, you could just make it part
of your acceptable use policy or student handbook that it's not acceptable
to be doing things like that with possible penalities (expulsion, things
like that).  But really, is the offense such that it warrants drastic

Joseph W. Shaw -    
Freelance Computer Security Consultant and Perl Programmer
Free UNIX advocate - "I hack, therefore I am."

On Fri, 19 Mar 1999, Peter Day wrote:

> We recently discovered that DNS is pointing the name at
> our main web server,, without our permission. The billing
> contact for is a student at Emory.
> Although we can contact and the student to address this violation
> of our policy, my question is whether there is anything we can do in
> general to prevent people from pointing DNS names at computers at Emory
> without our permission. Presumably there is great opportunity for mischief
> here, in that someone could register a domain name such as
> and point it at our web site.
> If this is the wrong place to ask this question, please accept my apology
> and suggest an alternate place.
> Thanks for any advice you can give.
> Peter Day
> administrative contact
> Information Technology Division
> N. Decatur Bldg Suite 300      | E-mail:
> Emory University               | PHONE:  +1 404 727-7678
> Atlanta, GA 30322              | FAX:    +1 404 727-0817

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