Both Iraqi state provider Uruklink.net name servers offline

Despite very old recommendations, the Iraqi state provider Uruklink.net
kept all of its name servers on the same subnet. Although this is
recognized as a poor design, many domain name server operators worldwide
do the same thing.

nic1.baghdadlink.net. 2D IN A 62.145.94.1
nic2.baghdadlink.net. 2D IN A 62.145.94.2

The nic2 (62.145.94.2) has been offline for over a week. Yesterday the
remaining name server nic1 (62.145.94.1) was running an old version of
bind (8.1.2). It was returning obviously bogus answers to queries.

In the last 24 hours, the name server application on nic1 (62.145.94.1)
went offline. The server is online (responds to pings), but neither
tcp or udp port 53 responds. The name server application may have
crashed, been trashed, or shutdown by the system administrator.

Despite very old recommendations, the Iraqi state provider Uruklink.net
kept all of its name servers on the same subnet. Although this is
recognized as a poor design, many domain name server operators worldwide
do the same thing.

nic1.baghdadlink.net. 2D IN A 62.145.94.1
nic2.baghdadlink.net. 2D IN A 62.145.94.2

The way how I see this that there is hardly any incentive to do proper placement
of nameservers. The pain inflicted if something goes wrong is minimal unless
you are a billion dollar company doing millions of online transactions. And if something
goes wrong and you still fly, maybe a very tiny fraction of the population will appreciate
that you did your homework.

The above applies to many other good networking practises than DNS related ones.

It can also be said that maybe the above addresses are carried as /32 inside
the destination AS. They might not be on the same subnet. If the number of domains
having DNS�s in the same subnet is large, the number of domains dependent on
a single AS for their DNS service is even greater.

As you all well know, the usual excuse to do poor job is being too busy to do it properly
and if failures come every year or two, this might just hold water.

Pete