Abhay Rana aka Nemo

Google owned TLDs don't have A records any more

A little while ago (Jan 2018), I ran a scan to see which all TLDs have an A record set (on the TLD). This is what lets you visit http://ai/ as a valid website on your browser, for eg.

I ran the same scan as http://blog.towo.eu/a-records-on-top-level-domains/ (link is down, archived) and the results are at https://captnemo.in/blog/2018/02/09/tld-a-records/.

Decided to re-run the scan today, and noticed a stark difference: A lot of Google-owned TLD’s which were earlier pointing to 127.0.53.53 don’t have a A record anymore.

Scan run from AS45609.

Results:

TLD IP Web
ai 209.59.119.34 [http], [https]
arab 127.0.53.53 Private IP
cm 195.24.205.60 [http], [https]
dk 193.163.102.58 [http], [https]
etisalat 127.0.53.53 Private IP
gg 87.117.196.80 [http], [https]
je 87.117.196.80 [http], [https]
pa 168.77.8.43 [http], [https]
pn 80.68.93.100 [http], [https]
politie 127.0.53.53 Private IP
tk 217.119.57.22 [http], [https]
uz 91.212.89.8 [http], [https]
ws 64.70.19.33 [http], [https]
мон 218.100.84.27 [http], [https]
мон 202.170.80.40 [http], [https]
мон 180.149.98.78 [http], [https]
اتصالات 127.0.53.53 Private IP
政府 127.0.53.53 Private IP
عرب 127.0.53.53 Private IP
招聘 127.0.53.53 Private IP

Comparing with the previous scan, these TLDs no longer have an A record with them:

-android
-cal
-chrome
-dclk
-drive
-gle
-guge
-hangout
-nexus
-play
-sport
-谷歌
-グーグル

The majority of these are owned by Google. Not claiming it means anything, just a nice observation.

Published on June 02, 2018 in