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RFC 1034, "Domain names - concepts and facilities", November 1987

Source of RFC: Legacy
Area Assignment: int

Errata ID: 5316
Status: Held for Document Update
Type: Technical

Reported By: Mukund Sivaraman
Date Reported: 2018-03-31
Held for Document Update by: Warren Kumari (Ops AD)
Date Held: 2018-04-09

Section 4.3.3 says:

A * label appearing in a query name has no special effect, but can be
used to test for wildcards in an authoritative zone; such a query is the
only way to get a response containing RRs with an owner name with * in
it.  The result of such a query should not be cached.

It should say:

A * label appearing in a query name has no special effect, but can be
used to test for wildcards in an authoritative zone; such a query is the
only way to get a response containing RRs with an owner name with * in
it.  The result of such a query should not be used to synthesize RRs.

Notes:

It is perfectly OK for an RR with a wildcard label '*' to be cached as long as it's not used to synthesize any RRs on a caching resolver. The DNS implementations BIND and Unbound both cache such RRsets with wildcard label in the owner name.

WK (OpsAD): Please see thread https://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/dnsop/current/msg22563.html for additional information.

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