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DNS problems at Network Solutions

© April 2005 Tony Lawrence

Author: TonyLawrence
Date: Sat Apr 23 11:00:11 2005
Subject: DNS problems at Network Solutions

I had several people mention that they couldn't reach aplawrence.com yesterday. Coincidentally, I also noticed a dramatic decrease in spam (a good thing) and a 30 percent fall-off from normal web traffic (not such a good thing).

I did some investigating and found that the problem seemed to be at Network Solutions, which handles DNS for aplawrence.com and just a few million other folks. I posted a newsgroup question about this, and got confirmation that other people have seen the same problem.

Path: local01.nntp.dca.giganews.com!nntp.comcast.com!news.comcast.com.POSTED!not-for-mail
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 20:17:20 -0500
From: Barry Margolin 
Newsgroups: comp.security.misc
Mail-Copies-To: nobody
Subject: Re: More DNS poisoning?
Organization: Symantec
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Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 21:17:20 -0400
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X-Complaints-To: abuse@comcast.net
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X-Abuse-and-DMCA-Info: Please be sure to forward a copy of ALL headers
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Xref: number1.nntp.dca.giganews.com comp.security.misc:80751

In article ,
 Tony Lawrence  wrote:

> Amazingly enough, although a Comcast customer for internet, I haven't 
> seen any DNS problems until today, and even today it seems to be minor 
> and intermittent.
> But I have had email from several people today asking if my web site is 
> down (it isn't), and I notice that when I ssh out to various sites I'm 
> having some trouble with DNS here and there - mostly with names using 
> networksolutions for DNS (though it's very hard to tell absolutely of 
> course).  I don't think the problem is networksoltions because I can 
> usually do a dig@oneoftheirservers and get a response, but something is 
> broken somewhere - or a big router is having problems somewhere maybe?
> Anybody else noticing this?  Of the people I heard from, I know that two 
> of them are Verizon customers, but I don't know the others..
> And of course it's also obvious that their dns issue must be 
> intermittent also because otherwise I wouldn't have gotten their email 
> asking me if I'm down.. :-)

There have been problems with the worldnic.com nameservers all day.  
This morning I wasn't able to query many of them at all.  Since this 
afternoon I have been able to query them directly, but queries through 
several ISP's recursive servers, including AT&T, Comcast, and 
Level(3)/Verizon, are still failing.

One of my customers owns a domain that Network Solutions hosts, so we 
called them and opened a service request.  The CSR didn't have a 
detailed explanation, just that they've been having server problems.

My current theory is that they've installed firewalls in front of their 
nameservers, and they're treating the high-volume queries from ISP 
nameservers as a DOS attack and blocking them.

Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu
Arlington, MA
*** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me ***

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Mon Apr 25 21:19:23 2005: 369   anonymous

are you still having dns problems? We continue to have sporadic problems with e-mail delivery, mainly due to reverse dns lookup failures.

Mon Apr 25 21:51:58 2005: 370   TonyLawrence

I'm not having problems, and site activity seems normal again, but I have heard from a few people who still are experiencing minor problems..

Tue Apr 26 00:41:22 2005: 371   anonymous

Just to confirm. As of 7:30CST on Monday, Network Solutions was still having problems resolving my domain name. The customer service people refused to provide a direct link to any official confirmation of the issue on their website.

Tue Apr 26 03:16:11 2005: 377   anonymous

I have had cust's down since Fri. I just got off the phone with Net Sol for the 2nd time today. Magically, my cust's DNS just started resolving my host names! Good luck guys.

Tue Apr 26 16:01:18 2005: 384   anonymous

I recieved the following as a result of a trouble ticket.

From: CustServ [mailto:siebelcustserv@networksolutions.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2005 12:45 AM
To: xyzxx@xyzxyzxyz.com
Subject: Network Solutions Service Request Number 1-193xyz192 xyzxyzxyzx.COM

Dear xyzx xyzxyzxx

The issue you reported to Network Solutions on 4/25/2005 11:26:38 AM and assigned Service Request 1-193xyz192 has been completed and closed.

We are currently experiencing a degradation of service on some of our servers. Our engineering team is aware of the issue and it is our top priority to resolve. We apologize for any inconvenience you may be experiencing.

If you have additional questions about this request, please contact us at customerservice@networksolutions.com. Or call us at 1-888-642-9675 within the U.S. and Canada and at 1-703-742-0914 outside the U.S.

Thank you for choosing Network Solutions.


Technical Services Delivery
Network Solutions, Inc.

Network Solutions Service Request Number: 1-193xyz192 xyzxyzxyzx.COM

** Please do not reply to this email as this is sent from a non-response email address.

Wed May 4 02:43:51 2005: 443   anonymous

As of today (4 may 2005) there are still problems at Network Solutions.
Our DNS records are hosted on ns57.worldnic.com & ns58.worldnic.com both of which still appear broken.
I have spoken to Network Solutions several times (from AU) and still no resolution.
Unfortunately I can't transfer my domains away from NS as there appears to be nothing to transfer - therein lies the problem.
An absolutely abysmal situation.

Tue Jul 5 20:27:49 2005: 752   anonymous

Looks like the problems have returned (July 5). We cannot reach a number a sites, all hosted by Network Solutions, from our firewalled BIND servers.

Wed Jul 6 16:06:02 2005: 754   anonymous

I can confirm that on July 5 (and now 6) I am having trouble resolving the mx record for a site on ns11.worldnic.com and ns12.worldnic.com -- oddly, the a record looks up fine every time. With the mx record, sometimes I get no response, sometimes I get a list of the root servers, and sometimes I get the valid response.

Fri Jul 8 17:04:26 2005: 765   anonymous

I'm also having trouble with an NSI-hosted domain (July 8).

Fri Jul 8 20:01:17 2005: 766   anonymous

We have been having sporadic problems for several days with other mail servers unable to do a reverse dns lookup on our NSI-hosted domain. Today things seem to be getting worse and we are getting no info from NSI.

Sat Jul 9 01:20:48 2005: 767   anonymous

Having same problems with couple outside places trying to do reverse lookups for email etc. Anyone know what the issue is?

Wed Jul 12 01:06:46 2006: 2239   anonymous

As an IT consultant I have migrated a number of my clients over to Network Solutions. Like Moses, after getting my people out of bondage... I come to fine out I led them into a world/path of chaos!... Tonight 7/11/06 my clients have been calling our offices saying. "We can't get onto our Email or Websites". After calling Network Solutions "VIP" Tech support. I gave up. No one answers the phone. All you hear is a "Wedding March Song"... Hard for me to recommend a company who has such a large profile yet when they go down they abandonedd their loyal subscribers. "Think twice before leaping" I would say and do your home work. As questions. How good are your systems and how good is your tech support. For hours I heard "I'm sorry and I appologize"; "Our engineers are working on the problem and we don't know when it will be fixed"...
So now all our clients sit and wait!

Wed Jul 12 14:46:39 2006: 2241   BigDumbDinosaur

The above is why I encourage my clients to run their own DNS/mail/web servers and let me administer it for them. The phone (almost) always gets answered around here. The less dependent I am on others to provide such essential services the better I sleep at night.

Mon Dec 7 00:45:35 2009: 7718   anonymous

i cannot reach my networksolutions account from Turkey too.
it's shame. this full day, all my mails and visitors gone...

Mon Apr 26 13:00:23 2010: 8479   CherylMire


We tried to change to a new e-mail provider on 4/23rd. Right now we are in limbo. Network Solutions settings are still in place; mail may or may not arrive. New settings won't take. All I am told is that the Engineers are working on it. Very frustrating.

Wed Oct 27 19:01:59 2010: 9076   anonymous


NS had our domain wrong and it propagated all over the place leaving thousands of our customers unable to get to our website. It took two and half days for them to fix. We saw a substantial decline in usage and our customer service department was lit up like a Christmas tree.

Worst of all, their technical support was terrible in getting our situation fixed quickly.

Wed Oct 27 19:54:59 2010: 9077   TonyLawrence



You need to always have control of your DNS. Not having that control is what caused your mess.

Thu Oct 28 14:10:47 2010: 9079   BigDumbDinosaur


My domains are registered at NetSol but the DNS is right here on our server (and on two secondaries in physically different locations).


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