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RSSAC040 - Recommendations on Anonymization Processes for Source IP Addresses Submitted for Future Analysis

  • Warren Kumari
  • Jaap Akkerhuis
  • Ray Bellis
  • John Bond
  • Joao Damas
  • Brian Dickson
  • John Heidemann
  • Paul Hoffman
  • Geoff Huston
  • Akira Kato
  • Lars-Johan Liman
  • Robert Story
  • Brad Verd
  • Paul Vixie
  • Duane Wessels
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (2018), pp. 19


DNS operators, in particular Root Server Operators (RSOs), are periodically requested to collect query data and submit it to a central storage location where it is accessible for future research. The typical example is the yearly Day In The Life of the Internet (DITL) collections undertaken by the DNS Operations Analysis and Research Center (DNS-OARC). Some operators are uncomfortable sharing IP addresses of the query sources and some are even legally prevented from doing so. In those cases, the compromise has been for the RSO in question to anonymize the source IP addresses of the queries.

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