A critical security issue in the virtualization software Xen will become public July 26 and the Xen team has already informed Gandi of the necessary patches. 

Since this announcement, we have already preemptively deployed the patches required to correct the issue. We have been monitoring the particular security flaw and have determined we will need to stop/start certain Xen VMs in order to assure that no further possible attack vector will remain.

We will be contacting the affected customers directly in order to allow them to sufficiently prepare for this stop/start and those of you who have not received any message from us are therefore not affected.

In order to minimize downtime and also to help minimize the impact in general, we would advise all affected to schedule a stop/start of their platforms yourselves sometime between now and the cutoff date of July 26, 2016.

Any affected VMs that you have not yet stopped and started again by 12:00 AM PDT July 26, 2016 (07:00 UTC), we will stop/start at some point between then and July 28 at 9:00 AM PDT (16:00 UTC). Please expect around 30 minutes of downtime per stop/start.

As always, if you have any questions or have any difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer care team.

Edit 7/21/16: Previously we used the term "reboot" instead of "stop/start." Rebooting isn't sufficient to apply the security patch. Your VM(s) need to be stopped and then started again in order for the patch to take effect.


SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE

1. Recently-delegated TLDs

2. Gandi Events: The Root Zone

3. In-Depth: Checking in on new TLDs

4. TLD release calendar

5. Promo roundup

This past month Paul Vixie visited our office in San Francisco to talk about DNS. When he was asked what fights were worth fighting on today’s internet, he reflected on two phases in his career: the time he spent at ISC heading the organization that wrote BIND 9 and the time spent building MAPS, trying to stamp out internet abuse completely.

In the first case, he paved the way for the modern internet. In the second, he tried to hold back a growing tide of spam.

“Build roads,” he said, “don’t build walls.”

It’s good sense. It’s better to make something work than try to stop people from using something already out there.

This month, we’re building roads.  Some of them are open now, some of them will be opening shortly.

We also looked at Recently-delegated TLDs and summed up our The Root Zone. series. Then we looked into how ICANN’s nTLD program is coming along.

As always, of course, we’re summing up this month’s TLD release calendar and we rounded up all our current TLD promos for your convenience.

Paul’s words make good sense and are a good mantra to live by. And it’s a wish for the world as well. We hope this month and the rest of this year, we can all focus on building roads, not walls.

Recently-Delegated TLDs

The TLDs added in June this year all seemed to have been a bit contentious, with objections for string confusion, legal use rights and one attempt to game the system represented in this past month’s delegated TLDs.

TLDs such as .art, .save, and .now were added this month

Embrace the controversy | Back to top

Gandi Events

 When Paul Vixie came to our The Root Zone. DNS meetup organized in collaboration with CloudFlare this month, he inadvertently gave us the theme of this month’s newsletter but also a lot of interesting stories and fascinating technical details.

The Root Zone. w/ Dr. Paul Vixie

So come see what we’re all excited about.

See the video or read our summary | Back to top

In-depth: Checking in on new TLDs

ICANN launched the nTLD program in October 2013 and a little under three years later more than a thousand new TLDs have been delegated. By the beginning of June, 20 million domains in over 1,000 nTLDs had been registered, so we thought it was as good a time as any to check in on how things are going.

ICANN's nTLD program situation to date

Check in with us on ICANN’s nTLD program | Back to top

TLD release Calendar

Here's a look at TLD releases at Gandi for the month of July 2016:

Releases

Thursday July 7:

.tube (GoLive)

Tuesday July 12:

 .games (Sunrise)

Tuesday July 19:

 .shopping (Sunrise)

July 2016
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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2
3
4
5
6
7
.tube
(GoLive)
8
9
10
11
12
.games
(Sunrise)
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
.shopping
(Sunrise)

 

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21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

ALSO: You can now register .网络 (punycode .xn--io0a7i, the Chinese equivalent of “.net”) and .公司 (punycode .xn--55qx5d the Chinese equivalent of “.com”).

Stay tuned for updates and, of course, for next month's releases.

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Promo Roundup

There are plenty of opportunities this month to plant the seeds to be reaped later by taking advantage of new and ongoing promos:

Promos this month

Starting July 1:

.live, .studio, .video 50% off through December 31

.online, .press, .website, .site, .host, .space, .pw, .tech on promo through December 31

Starting July 8:

.tech, .online, .site renewals 50% off through December 31

Starting July 12:

.xyz $3.99 per year through December 31

Don't miss these ending July 31:

.club premium domains 25% off through July 31

.eu 50% off per year through July 31

Extended:

.black, .blue, .pink, .red, .lgbt, .kim, .shiksha, .poker, .pro, .info, .mobi, .移动 50% off until December 31 (previously June 30)

Ongoing promotions:

.cat $5.00 per year through August 31

.store $14.99 per year in GoLive until August 14

.stream $2.00 per year in GoLive

.me $14.40 through December 31

.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win $2.00 per year through December 31

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It's summer. Which means it's construction season. Can we build some roads for you? Or, maybe you have a road for us. In any case, we're always happy to hear from you. And many roads lead to Gandi: tweet us @gandibar, email us at feedback@gandi.net, on Facebook, G+, or contact us on the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

 

Sincerely,

Gandi.net


Grab your bag and get your wallet, it’s time to do some .shopping. Especially if you have a TMCH claim because the latest e-commerce oriented TLD, .shopping, is in the Sunrise phase from July 19 through September 17, 2016. Domains bought in the Sunrise phase are now available for $150.60 per year.

But smart shoppers know that for hot-ticket items, it pays to show up early. Well, even though .shopping doesn’t enter the GoLive phase until September 28, 2016, when .shopping domains will be available for $38.35 per year at A rates, there’s still a way of lining up outside the door: pre-register your domain in the GoLive phase (and you don’t even have to pitch a tent). When the GoLive phase begins, we will submit your registration automatically.

Or if you’re worried the .shopping domain you want might fly off the shelf and are willing to pay a higher price to get just the right one, consider pre-registering now (or registering later) in the Landrush phase. This phase only lasts between September 25, 2016 and September 28, 2016 and registrations will go for $170.60 per year at A rates on a first-come, first-served basis.

Let's do some .shopping

.shopping

If you think of the world in terms of TLDs, in the vast ocean of TLDs, it’s the .com’s and .net’s that are the vast continents and get all the attention. But along the .fr coast, between .wales and .bzh lie the Channel Islands: .je and .gg, or Jersey and Guernsey.

Like their real-world counterparts, these island TLDs are perfect for a maritime summer holiday. And all the more so this summer since, in celebration of their one-year anniversary (as TLDs, that is), .je and .gg are on sale from 18 July until 28 August for 50% off to create and 25% off to renew.

That means instead of £50.00 or $75.00 per year, .je and .gg will only be £25.00, and $38.00 per year to create and £37.50 or $56.75 per year to renew.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

This month for Gandi Events, we wrapped up the first round of scheduled talks at our The Root Zone. meetup we’ve been coordinating with Cloudflare. Guests have included Paul Mockapetris, Dan Kaminsky, and Paul Vixie. We've found that this first round went quite well, so we're now looking to schedule a second round as soon as we can.

 The Root Zone. with Paul Vixie

On June 21, we welcomed Paul Vixie to our offices in San Francisco. Paul explained how he wrote BIND version 8 by patching bugs while at DEC and then recruited and managed the team that wrote BIND 9. He described how he’s seen DNS go from something nobody ever thought of themselves as “in the business of” (BIND “looked as though it had been pounded on by a bunch of undergraduate monkeys”) to being a business in and of itself, and how he went from never having read an RFC in his life to repeating the mantra “If you can get an RFC approved, I’ll take a patch, if you don’t I won’t,” for anyone requesting a patch to BIND.

Then he went on to talk about building ISC, the YETI DNS project, why domain names don’t have underscores, and rounded out the main portion of his visit with some talk about spam (he feels partly responsible for how widespread it is because he slowed it down enough that we call got used to it).

A highlight in the lightning round Q&A section was when Paul was asked about the coolest takedown he’s been a part of. He then described his role in taking down a group of cyber criminals who managed to hijack 600,000 people’s DNS resolution through a change route.

Altogether, a fascinating talk, filled with plenty of other gems from Paul not mentioned in this summary. So really, you might as well just watch it. Here’s the video:

With Paul's visit last month, The Root Zone. talks are, for the moment, complete. We are, however, seeking future speakers for the next series. So if you or someone you know—friends, family, bosses, loved ones, or anybody else you think would make for an interesting guest speaker on DNS—send them our way! Tweet us @gandibar with #TheRootZone.

Otherwise, be sure to watch out on the meetup page for more information and update.


This month, the new generic TLDs delegated to the root zone seemed to have been TLDs that weathered a bit more contention than in a typical month. Objections were filed for applications for TLDs delegated in June for string confusion, when a TLD is supposedly so close to another that the two could be easily confused, and for legal rights. One applicant for .art even attempted to game the system to favor their application.

.now, .deal, .saveJune 7

July 12 was Amazon Prime Day and only just on June 7, .prime was delegated by ICANN as a Brand TLD but on the same day, Amazon also had some success with generic TLDs with .now, .deal and .save all being delegated on that day.

These were not all totally without controversy, however.

The application for .now was objected to by Starbucks (HK) Limited. This isn’t the coffee company, but the owners of now TV, a pay TV service launched in Hong Kong in 2003. The objection was filed as a Legal Rights Objection. Starbucks claimed that their ownership of the “now” trademark meant that other applicants would be infringing. The same company succeeded in its application for .nowtv, which they have yet to assign a regsitry to, so it seems that they are very concerned about protecting their brand. Perhaps this was an earnest case of trademark protection or perhaps it was an attempt to use the objection process to favor their own bid.

.camJune 16

Verisign filed separate String Confusion objections for each of the three .cam applications submitted, claiming that its proximity to .com would cause confusion. Oddly, the objection to Demand Media’s application prevailed even though the objections to AC Webconnecting Holding B.V.’s application and to Famous Four Media’s application were dismissed.

After appealing the decision, though, Demand Media was able to win against the objection and AC Webconnecting Holding B.V. won .cam in an auction.

.shoppingJune 21

Last month, .shop was delegated to GMO, who wanted it so much they applied for it twice. GMO ultimately prevailed, but another applicant for the .shop TLD, Commercial Connect, tried to protect their application by filing an objection to Donut’s .shopping application.

Interestingly, no objection was filed to Uniregistry’s application and as the only remaining applicant, Uniregistry’s application won.

.artJune 23

The .art TLD was one of the most applied-for new gTLDs in the entire program, with ten initial applications, including two community applications. One of those was from dadotart inc., a subsidiary of DeviantArt evidently created to serve as the registry of .art domains.

DeviantArt’s counsel commented on another application from an applicant who took an unorthodox approach. Aremi Group registered trademarks for .art and dotart in the EU, a way in which certain players have tried to game the TLD release process.

Neither Aremi Group’s or DeviantArt’s application for .art prevailed, though, and after half the registrants withdrew their applications, including Aremi Group, UK Creative Ideas Limited won .art in a private auction.

.politieJune 23

Similar to a Brand TLD, the Dutch national police had their applied-for TLD, .politie, added to the root zone this month as well. The word “politie” is Dutch for “police,” and the Dutch police intend to use it to fight phishing attempts using the name of the Dutch police. Citizens can know, instead, that any communications or information coming from a .politie domain is actually from the police and not someone else. It’s certainly interesting to see a public institution tech-savvy enough to take advantage of the new gTLD program to improve their services to the public they serve.

As always: these are new TLDs on the cutting edge of having been added by ICANN. As such, any discussion of one of these TLDs should not be interpreted as meaning any of these extensions will be imminently available on Gandi (though we, of course, try to offer all the extensions we possibly can).


Call it what you want, but the fact is that .XYZ  is now the most used new TLD, with 6 millions domains registered! 

What ever you want to promote online, .XYZ will be amazing at the end of your domain, just like it is at the end of the alphabet.

So don't miss out, as .XYZ registry is offering an amazing promotion on .XYZ domain names for $3.99 until the December 31, 2016


Find your perfect .XYZ domain:

.XYZ

Devoted followers of the Gandi news feed may recall a couple of months back that the .game TLD has already entered the GoLive phase (after a somewhat tumultuous start). So what are we playing at, then? It's no .game, it's .games.

Just like .auto and .autos, .car and .cars, the plural form of .game.games—is a totally separate TLD. And as of July 12 at 10:00 AM PDT, it’s entering the Sunrise phase, which will last until September 10, 2016. During the Sunrise phase, owners of a TMCH registration will be able to purchase their trademark domain name for $300.62 per year.

Then, from September 18 through 22, .games will be in the Landrush phase. During this phase, domains will be available for $162.60 per year.

Finally, on September 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT, .games will enter the GoLive phase at a price of $23.15 per year at A rates.

Remember: if you want to register in the Landrush or GoLive phases, you can pre-register now and we’ll send your order to the registry as soon as .games enters the corresponding phase.

So quit playing around.

Register your .games:

.games



Last week, we announced some great stocking-stuffer promos on the creation of domains from Radix. Among those included were some of their top sellers, .tech, .online and .site.

We’re happy to announce that you don’t need to buy a new .tech, .online or .site domain to get a good deal from now until December 31, 2016. If you already own one of these domains, you can now renew it for half-price until the end of the year.

Which means …

  • .tech, which is normally $60.79 can be renewed for $28.99 per year
  • .online, ordinarily $29.99 can be renewed for $24.99 per year, and
  • .site, normally $34.87 can be renewed for $15.99 per year.

Or if you prefer a new .tech, .online or .site domain:

  • .tech creations are just $3.99 
  • .online are just $3.99 and
  • .site are $1.99.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

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