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[Captive-portals] Discovering captive portal API URL via DNS?


During discussions with captive portal operators about implementing the capport API, one of the stumbling blocks that keeps coming up is that the captive portal operator does not always control the DHCP configuration and thus cannot easily use RFC7710.

The WG has previously rejected the option of using a well-known DNS name to discover the URL, because the API itself requires TLS, and without a hostname it is not possible (or at least not easy) to validate the server. However, what if the client did a CNAME query for capport.arpa (or equivalent other local-only, non-DNSSEC-signed name), got back a CNAME for the real server, and then assumed that the API server was https://<targetofcname>/capport-api ?

Alternatively, Erik and Warren suggest RFC 7553. In this scheme the client would do a URI lookup for "capport.arpa" or equivalent, and would take the result of that URL as the API endpoint.