[Dshield] Odd Hostname -> Address Behaviour

jayjwa jayjwa at atr2.ath.cx
Wed Oct 19 07:31:12 GMT 2005

Who causes this to happen, or at what level is this being done? ISP?

It seems host ftp.pspt.fi no longer exists (an old entry in a manpage). Note 
what address it is showing as,

* About to connect() to ftp.pspt.fi port 21
*   Trying No route to host
* couldn't connect to host
* Closing connection #0

curl: (7) couldn't connect to host
Exit 7

host some.nonexistant.host
some.nonexistant.host has address
Host some.nonexistant.host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
Host some.nonexistant.host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)

host domain name pointer unknown.Level3.net

As luck would have it, there is a search site setup there, for example, doing 
something like:

lynx http://some.nonexistant.host/

Will waste your time taking you to some dumb search site that probably no one 
wanted to visit anyway. I don't like this behavior at all: if a host doesn't 
exist, it doesn't exist. Tell me that, but being sent to a "search" site (in 
the case above) is something I don't care for.

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I've since firewalled the address and host off, both directions, so now I have 
the old, expected behavior back (like the curl ftp example at top). This seems 
like something my ISP would have to have set in their nameserver's 
parameters... am I correct or is there more to it than that? Level3 is 
upstream, but they aren't my direct ISP.


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