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Upcoming Release of WHOIS Version 2.3

31 August 2017 - We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of WHOIS version 2.3.


The deployment of this new version is scheduled for overnight, on 31 August 2017 and available as from 1 September. 2017.

Details are available at

This release will include:

  • Introduction of bcrypt as the default password hash
  • Auto-generation of maintainer object for person and role objects
  • Abuse contacts
  • Other security updates

The new version provides for additional security by using bcrypt as default password hashing method. Crypt and MD5 will be deprecated. It will therefore not be possible to create or update password hashes using these methods. However authenticating with existing passwords using the older methods will continue to be supported.


Person and role objects do not require a maintainer to be created. Thus, they could be left unprotected in the whois database. After this release a maintainer will be automatically created to protect any new person or role object that would have otherwise been unprotected. The details of the maintainer will be sent by email to the owner of the object. All the existing unprotected person and role objects will be updated and details of the generated maintainers will be sent by emails to the respective owners.


Abuse contacts will be displayed when querying a resource if they have been specified in the corresponding irt object.


We have made updates to some dependencies and libraries for security improvements.All WHOIS related tools on the web site will be upgraded at the same time, including the WHOIS crypt tool for password hashing. If you have any unprotected person or role objects in the database, you will receive an email with the details of the generated maintainer. As part of this planned maintenance, WHOIS updates will be unavailable for a short period of time. For the detail schedule please refer to


WHOIS queries will remain available throughout.

Lagos to host the 27th AFRINIC Public Policy Meeting

Ebene, Mauritius, 10th August 2017: Lagos will in November host hundreds of key players in the African and global Internet industry sector at the 27th public policy meeting of the African Network Information Center (AFRINIC). The event dubbed AFRINIC 27 will be a platform for technocrats and business to discuss policies, trends, resources and challenges in growing Internet for sustainable development in Africa and the Indian Ocean Region. It is being hosted by AFRINIC in collaboration with the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NiRA).


The event, which is held annually, consists of keynote speeches, policy discussions, seminars, workshops, tutorials and other forums for sharing ICT knowledge within the African region. The 2016 edition was held in Mauritius and was attended by over 250 delegates from 48 countries around the world. Registration for the event is on going through the meeting website


Whereas Internet penetration in Africa has grown from 11% to 28.6% in just 5 years despite challenges such as cyber security, it is lower when compared to the rest of the world. Measurable parameters such IP address allocations show that the continent is quite behind. In April 2017, AFRINIC entered the depletion phase of fourth version of IP Addresses (IPv4) way behind of the other four continental regional Internet registries who are already distributing the newest version IPv6 in earnest. Please read the event concept note at


Please read the detailed press release  



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