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Latest Advice to the ICANN Board

As of 30 September 2020

Date Advice Document
8 September 2020 RSSAC000v5 | RSSAC Operational Procedures

Board Advice Register Phases and Descriptions

Board Advice Register Phases and Descriptions

Advice Items by Phase

Phase RSSAC
Phase 1 | Receive & Acknowledge -
Phase 2 | Understand -
Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider 13
Phase 3 | Deferred -
Phase 4 | Implement 1
Phase 4 | Deferred -
Phase 5 | Close 1
Total Open Items 15
Total Items Closed in Past 12 Months 11

Open Advice Items

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Advice Item Phase Action(s) Taken

RSSAC028: Technical Analysis of the Naming Scheme Used For Individual Root Servers R-1

(3Aug2017)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

The ICANN org understands RSSAC028 Recommendation 1 to mean that no changes should be made to the current naming scheme used in the root server system until more studies have been conducted. ICANN received confirmation of understanding from the RSSAC on 1/17/18.

RSSAC028: Technical Analysis of the Naming Scheme Used For Individual Root Servers R-2

(3Aug2017)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

The ICANN org understands RSSAC028 Recommendation 2 to that studies on current behaviors of DNS software and DNS resolvers should be conducted to understand different elements of root server responses to queries, both individually and in combination; for initial priming and standard responses; and for how well specific implementations, such as the DO bit are interpreted by root servers and the DNS software. ICANN received confirmation of understanding from the RSSAC on 1/17/18.

RSSAC028: Technical Analysis of the Naming Scheme Used For Individual Root Servers R-3

(3Aug2017)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

The ICANN org understands RSSAC028 Recommendation 3 to mean that a study should be conducted to understand how the current infrastructure is susceptible to various cache poisoning attack scenarios, specifically node re-delegation attacks, and that proof-of-concept code for testing these scenarios should be made available to others in the DNS community for further studies. ICANN received confirmation of understanding from the RSSAC on 1/17/18.

RSSAC038: RSSAC Advisory on a Proposed Governance Model for the DNS Root Server System R-3

(14Jun2018)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

The ICANN org understands RSSAC038 Recommendation 3 is for the ICANN Board and community to implement the final version of the Model for implementation based on RSSAC037 based upon the principles of accountability, transparency, sustainability, and service integrity. ICANN sent this understanding to the RSSAC for review on 24 July 2018. ICANN received confirmation of understanding on 17 August 2018.

RSSAC041: RSSAC Advisory on Organizational Reviews (R-1)

(5Oct2018)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

The ICANN org understands RSSAC041 Recommendation 5 to mean that at the conclusion of every organizational review, the ICANN org should report on how the process transpired. The ICANN org should demonstrate how the process will be modified if there are any lessons learned from the organizational review. The RSSAC confirmed this understanding on 13 June 2019.

RSSAC041: RSSAC Advisory on Organizational Reviews (R-2)

(5Oct2018)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

The ICANN org understands RSSAC041 Recommendation 5 to mean that at the conclusion of every organizational review, the ICANN org should report on how the process transpired. The ICANN org should demonstrate how the process will be modified if there are any lessons learned from the organizational review. The RSSAC confirmed this understanding on 13 June 2019.

RSSAC041: RSSAC Advisory on Organizational Reviews (R-3)

(5Oct2018)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

The ICANN org understands RSSAC041 Recommendation 5 to mean that at the conclusion of every organizational review, the ICANN org should report on how the process transpired. The ICANN org should demonstrate how the process will be modified if there are any lessons learned from the organizational review. The RSSAC confirmed this understanding on 13 June 2019.

RSSAC041: RSSAC Advisory on Organizational Reviews (R-4)

(5Oct2018)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

The ICANN org understands RSSAC041 Recommendation 5 to mean that at the conclusion of every organizational review, the ICANN org should report on how the process transpired. The ICANN org should demonstrate how the process will be modified if there are any lessons learned from the organizational review. The RSSAC confirmed this understanding on 13 June 2019.

RSSAC041: RSSAC Advisory on Organizational Reviews (R-5)

(5Oct2018)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

The ICANN org understands RSSAC041 Recommendation 5 to mean that at the conclusion of every organizational review, the ICANN org should report on how the process transpired. The ICANN org should demonstrate how the process will be modified if there are any lessons learned from the organizational review. The RSSAC confirmed this understanding on 13 June 2019.

RSSAC047: RSSAC Advisory on Metrics for the DNS Root Servers and the Root Server System R-1

(12Mar2020)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

ICANN org understands that this recommendation is asking for an initial implementation of the measurement system described in RSSAC047. The "initial implementation" is assumed to be functional, but not necessarily up to the operational expectations that a long-term service would have. This recommendation is to the ICANN Board. ICANN sent this understanding to the RSSAC for review on 21 April 2020. ICANN received confirmation of understanding on 23 April 2020.

RSSAC047: RSSAC Advisory on Metrics for the DNS Root Servers and the Root Server System R-2

(12Mar2020)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

ICANN org understands that this recommendation is not asking for anything at the present time, but is instead describing a later long-term service that might be implemented. The operational details of the long-term service will be described after there is sufficient experience with the initial implementation described in Recommendation 1. After initial implementation, the ICANN Board would determine how and when the official implementation will be put in place, e.g. an RFP process for a system meeting all the requirements described in RSSAC047 or a determination that the interim implementation can meet RSSAC047 requirements (including those enumerated in Recommendation 2) or another approach. ICANN sent this understanding to the RSSAC for review on 21 April 2020. ICANN received confirmation of understanding on 23 April 2020.

RSSAC047: RSSAC Advisory on Metrics for the DNS Root Servers and the Root Server System R-3

(12Mar2020)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

ICANN org understands that this recommendation is asking for additional work to be done in the future. The work would be initiated by RSSAC, and would be done in collaboration with ICANN org and the Internet community. This recommendation is to RSSAC itself. ICANN sent this understanding to the RSSAC for review on 27 March 2020. ICANN received confirmation of understanding on 02 April 2020.

RSSAC049: RSSAC Statement on Joining the Empowered Community

(14Apr2020)

Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider

ICANN org understands Recommendation 1 to mean that the RSSAC believes that the best way for the RSO community to join the Empowered Community is through the implementation of the recommendations in RSSAC038. Also, the RSS GWG should note the expectations and needs of the RSO community. There is no immediate action for the ICANN Board. For the purposes of the ARR, this item will remain in Phase 3 until the RSS GWG delivers its proposed final governance model for the RSS to the ICANN Board for consideration. ICANN sent this understanding to the RSSAC for review on 04 May 2020. ICANN received confirmation of understanding on 11 May 2020.

RSSAC038: RSSAC Advisory on a Proposed Governance Model for the DNS Root Server System R-2

(14Jun2018)

Phase 4 | Implement

The ICANN org understands RSSAC038 Recommendation 2 is for the ICANN Board to estimate costs of the Root Server System and for developing the Model for implementation based on RSSAC037. The ICANN Board should refer to RSSAC037 section 5.5.3 in estimating these costs. Initial efforts should focus on developing a timeline for costing these. The RSSAC estimates the suggested costing effort should not take more than six months. ICANN sent this understanding to the RSSAC for review on 24 July 2018. ICANN received confirmation of understanding on 17 August 2018. As the GWG begins its work to develop a final governance model for the Root Server System, ICANN org is working on a methodology for estimating the costs of the RSS. ICANN org will also work proactively with the GWG to estimate the costs of the final governance model.

RSSAC038: RSSAC Advisory on a Proposed Governance Model for the DNS Root Server System R-1

(14Jun2018)

Phase 5 | Close Request

The ICANN org understands RSSAC038 Recommendation 1 is for the ICANN Board to initiate a process to produce a final version of the Model for implementation based on RSSAC037. ICANN sent this understanding to the RSSAC for review on 24 July 2018. ICANN received confirmation of understanding on 17 August 2018. On 07 November 2019 a Board Resolution addressed RSSAC037 Recommendation 1 https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2019-11-07-en#2.d. The ICANN Board directed the ICANN President and CEO, or his designee(s), to publish the final charter, operating procedures, and work plan for the GWG and to convene the GWG. RSSAC037; the Concept Paper; and the GWG charter, operating procedures, and work plan provide a starting point for discussions in the ICANN community about evolving RSS governance. By convening the GWG, the ICANN Board completes its consideration of recommendation one from RSSAC038. Furthermore, the ICANN Board continues its evaluation and consideration of recommendations two and three from RSSAC038.

Advice Items Closed in the Last 12 Months

Advice Item Close Date Action(s) Taken

RSSAC000v5 | RSSAC Operational Procedures

(8Sep2020)

9/29/20

ICANN understands that this is the Operational Procedures of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC). This documents how the RSSAC will carry out its work, with the rationale for processes where it seems helpful. In case of conflict with the ICANN Bylaws, the ICANN Bylaws take precedence. There is no action for the ICANN Board. ICANN sent this understanding to the RSSAC for review on 28 September 2020. This item is considered complete as of the RSSAC's confirmation of understanding on 28 September 2020.

RSSAC023v2: History of the Root Server System

(17 Jun 2020)

7/8/20

The ICANN organization understands RSSAC023v2 is RSSAC's report to the internet community on the organizational history of the root server system. There are no actionable items for the ICANN Board. This understanding was sent to the RSSAC for review on 08 July 2020.

RSSAC051: RSSAC Statement on Draft Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) FY21-24 Strategic Plan

(2 Jun 2020)

6/12/20

The ICANN organization understands this is the RSSAC's comment on RSSAC051: RSSAC Statement on Draft Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) FY21-24 Strategic Plan. The respective public comment period closed on 01 June 2020. A Report of Public Comments will be published on 15 June 2020 and this comment will be included in that consideration (https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-pti-fy21-24-strategic-plan-2020-04-20-en). There is no action for the ICANN Board. This understanding was sent to the RSSAC on 12 June 2020.

RSSAC050: RSSAC Statement on Identification of Root Server Operators

(13 May 2020)

5/19/20

The ICANN org understands that this statement is the The ICANN org understands that this statement is the RSSAC050: RSSAC Statement on Identification of Root Server Operators. There is no action for the ICANN Board. This understanding was sent to the RSSAC on 19 May 2020.

RSSAC002v4: RSSAC Advisory on Measurements for the Root Server System

(12 Mar 2020)

3/23/20

The ICANN organization understands that this advisory is RSSAC002v4: RSSAC Advisory on Measurements for the Root Server System. As this item is purely informational and there is no specific action for the ICANN Board, this item will be considered closed. This understanding was sent to the SSAC on 23 March 2020

RSSAC026v2: RSSAC Lexicon

(12 Mar 2020)

3/20/20

The ICANN organization understands that this advisory is RSSAC026v2: RSSAC Lexicon. As this item is purely informational and there is no specific action for the ICANN Board, this item will be considered closed. This understanding was sent to the RSSAC on 20 March 2020.

RSSAC048: RSSAC Input on Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team Draft Report

(12 Mar 2020)

3/20/20

The ICANN organization understands this is the RSSAC's comment on Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team Draft Report. The respective public comment period closes on 20 March 2020. A Report of Public Comments will be published on 03 April 2020 and this comment will be included in that consideration https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ssr2-rt-draft-report-2020-01-24-en. There is no action for the ICANN Board. This understanding was sent to the RSSAC on 20 March 2020.

RSSAC046: RSSAC Statement on IANA's Proposal for Future Root Zone KSK Rollovers

(29 Jan 2020)

2/5/20

The ICANN organization understands this is the RSSAC's comment on IANA's Proposal for Future Root Zone KSK Rollovers. The respective public comment period closed on 31 January 2020. A Report of Public Comments will be published on 21 February 2020 and this comment will be included in that consideration (https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposal-future-rz-ksk-rollovers-2...). There is no action for the ICANN Board. This understanding was sent to the RSSAC on 05 February 2020.

RSSAC044: Report from the RSSAC October 2019 Workshop

(29 Oct 2019)

12/19/19

The ICANN organization understands that RSSAC044 is a high-level summary of the outcomes of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) eighth workshop held from 01 October 2019 to 03 October 2019. There is no action for the ICANN Board. ICANN sent this understanding to the RSSAC for review on 05 Nov 2019. This item is considered complete as of the RSSAC's confirmation of understanding on 18 Dec 2019.

RSSAC045: RSSAC Statement on Threat Mitigation for the Root Server System

(3 Dec 2019)

12/18/19

ICANN understands that this is the Root Server System Advisory Committee's (RSSAC) Statement on Threat Mitigation for the Root Server System. The RSSAC would like to formally endorse the work of the RSOs on Threat Mitigation for the Root Server System.2 Furthermore, the RSSAC regards the ICANN Board's request for input fulfilled. There is no action for the ICANN Board. ICANN sent this understanding to the RSSAC for review on 16 Dec 2019. This item is considered complete as of the RSSAC's confirmation of understanding on 18 Dec 2019.

RSSAC000v4: RSSAC Operational Procedures

(23 Oct 2019)

11/19/19

ICANN understands that this is the Operational Procedures of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC). This documents how the RSSAC will carry out its work, with the rationale for processes where it seems helpful. In case of conflict with the ICANN Bylaws, the ICANN Bylaws take precedence. There is no action for the ICANN Board. ICANN sent this understanding to the RSSAC for review on 18 Nov 2019. This item is considered complete as of the RSSAC's confirmation of understanding on 19 Nov 2019.