Re: Multiple Mail domains for reverse ptr records? I'm confused
- At Fri, 27 Nov 2009 13:18:15 -0500 (EST), wietse@... (Wietse Venema) wrote:
Subject: Re: Multiple Mail domains for reverse ptr records? I'm confused
>Indeed -- I do not disagree. However I tried to emphasise the important
> Wietse Venema:
> > Greg A. Woods:
> > > There _should_ be one PTR for every _valid_ hostname using a given IP
> > > address.
> > Statements such as above remind me of silly knights fighting windmills.
> > There is a difference between "right" and "useful", and it even
> > depends on where they are used - server or client side.
words above in what you quoted.
Also, don't forget the human use of the DNS either.
I.e. it is _always_ useful from _some_ perspective to have a valid PTR
for every valid hostname which may be considered to be legitimately
pointing to a given address.
Other hostnames which point to an address but which are not pointed to
by a corresponding PTR _may_ be useful in some context, however neither
man nor machine will be able to identify their validity from afar. Only
the legitimate "owner" of the IP address will be able to claim anything
about the validity of the hostnames which may be pointing to that
address, and by definition without using PTRs that cannot be done in the
context of the DNS.
> > Multiple server A records are useful. More in the case of HTTP,Well it all depends on how the client/server protocol interaction works,
> > less in the case of SMTP which uses indirection via MX records.
> > (For a discussion about domain-in-a-box applications, see some
> > actual measurements that I did earlier this year).
> > One PTR per A record is not useful. The server end will not know
> > what client name to use.
> That is, one PTR per A record, in the case of multiple A records
> for the same IP address.
As you suggest, for SMTP the client tells the server which hostname it
should care about, so the server need not wonder which client name is
> > On the other hand, it is right when every PTR record has a matchingIndeed. Orthogonality goes both ways! :-)
> > A record that resolves to (among others) the PTR record's address.
Greg A. Woods
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