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RPKI (was: Re: Cogent sales reps who actually respond)

Hi Ronald,

I think we have to place our trust somewhere somehow.. I certainly don't have the time nor the skill-set which would be needed to perform due diligence on the ownership of every IP block on the Internet, and though you make a laudable effort of it yourself this responsibility can't be borne in its entirety by one volunteering person. It just doesn't scale.

Given that there is (or should be) an unbroken chain of contracts and payments from IANA to RIR (to NIR) to LIR and beyond for all non-legacy resources, I'd say they are in a pretty good position to take care of the due diligence work to validate an organisation's ownership as well as its associated resources and subsequently publish the result through a cryptographic signature. If one of the RIRs or NIRs is not doing that job properly then we should (at first privately) call them out on it and push them to improve.

Best regards,
From: NANOG <nanog-bounces at nanog.org> on behalf of Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at tristatelogic.com>
Sent: 17 September 2019 23:48:06
To: nanog at nanog.org <nanog at nanog.org>
Subject: RPKI (was: Re: Cogent sales reps who actually respond)

In message <MN2PR17MB402947F79FD83ABB9BBF429B9E8F0 at MN2PR17MB4029.namprd17.prod.outlook.com>,
Martijn Schmidt <martijnschmidt at i3d.net> wrote:

>Hi Elad,
>If you were to create RPKI ROAs for the IPs in question...

Thanks Martijn, for reminding me of a follow-up point that I had intended
to make regarding my recent post about the (Athenix) block.

RPKI is the best we have and I cannot wait for the day when it will see
universal deployment.  But it isn't actually the 100% solution that
everyone has been hoping it would be.

As the case of the block illustrates, if the RIR has itself
been snookered into believing that party X actually owns party Y's block,
then that's it.  Game over, and RPKI doesn't help, because if the
RIR believes that you own the block, and if you are insisting on
driving it off the lot, right now, today, then they *are* going to give
you the keys, even if the "keys", in future, will include some additional
RPKI mumbo jumbo, along with WHOIS records reflecting your desired public
persona, and reverse DNS delegation, etc.

In short, it appears to me that RPKI only secures resources from the RIR
outwards, and if there is a problem of either competency or trust within
the RIR, then RPKI can't and won't solve that...

... but I feel sure that someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

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