Internet Task Force ensures use .onion domain name for Tor network




The Internet Engineering Task Force has .onion designated as special-use domain name. Among other things, this prevents .onion over time as generic top-level domain is used. Also opens the way for providing SSL certificates for onion-sites.

The IETF has approved the draft for the special-use domain name registration of .onion. Thus, the domain name is included in IANA’s list of domain names for special use. Also .example, .localhost and .test for example, are on this list.

The move means assured that .onion continues to be used for the Tor network and not in the long term as gtld in the root zone is recorded, and registrars of domain names ending could spend on .onion. The Icann has the number of gTLDs in recent years greatly expanded, with .amsterdam and .frl and Dutch examples. In addition, describes the draft recommendations for developers of DNS software on how to deal with .onion addresses.

Not only does the Tor Project wanted the status of special-use domain name for .onion, but also Facebook. The social networking site is via the Tor network directly accessible via https: //www.facebookcorewwwi.onion/ and https: //m.facebookcorewwwi.onion/. Facebook uses SSL connections only from the end of this year may not have SSL certs for internal server names will be provided. Now .onion has been given the status of special-use domain name, is the Certificate-Authority & Browser Forum likely to order SSL cerificaten to provide the .onion sites. Among others, the initiative Let’s open Encrypt, that free SSL certificates provide, can do this.

Incidentally, there were more requests also .exit, .i2p, .gnu and .zkey display special domain status, but about the IETF has not yet decided.


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