[Operators] Secure Communications Week

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Fri Aug 15 13:48:47 CDT 2008

Norman Rasmussen wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 6:12 PM, Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter at stpeter.im 
> <mailto:stpeter at stpeter.im>> wrote:
>     The bigger problem I've found is that many important TLDs don't
>     offer a native whois service, and that's also required by StartCom.
>     More here:
>     https://www.xmpp.net/news/2007/02/05/got-whois
> Some (like the .za domain) offer a www based whois service that can 
> often be scraped for results.  (In fact the .za one outputs so little 
> html that you can use it via curl easily - I have a patch for debian's 
> whois to do the direct http call, but it's never been accepted)

StartCom does not consider screen-scraped websites to be as reliable or 
trustworthy as native whois services, perhaps because it depends on 
having an official whois service that is registered with the IANA Root 
Zone Database:



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