How to Create Mntner Object on AFRINIC whois database
Create and verify a mntner(maintainer) object
A mntner object is a whois database object that will contain the credentials needed to authorise creation, deletion or modification of any objects that it protects. The update is usually done by a person, who therefore shall have the credentials (password, PGP key or X.509 certificate). Objects are protected by a mntner, and they shall contain a reference to the mntner usually in the form of mnt-xxx (examples are mnt-by, mnt-lower, mnt-routes, mnt-domains etc)
Follow the steps below:
- Generate the MD5 hash of your password. Use the tool at http://www.afrinic.net/en/services/ip-tools/whoiscrypt
- Load the mntner object template into the whois web client
The mntner object template will be shown. Fill and submit the object template with specific data. (If in doubt what to fill for a specific attribute value, hover your cursor over the templates' attributes on the right for more details)
a) The "mntnr" attribute is a unique identifier of the mntner object. Recommended format is three words separated by hyphens(e.g AFRINIC-TST-MNT)
b) The "descr" attribute: A short description of the mntner o bject and the name of the organization associated with it.
c) The "admin-c:" attribute: The NIC-handle of an on-site contact 'person' object.
d) The "upd-to:" attribute: The email address to be notified when attempts to update objects protected by the mntner is rejected due to a lack of authentication.
e) The "auth:" attribute: Scheme used to authenticate update requests. Available options are MD5 and PGP key(Accepted format MD5-PW <your_md5_hash> or PGPKEY-<your_pgp_key_id>)
f) The "mnt-by" attribute use the same as "mntner" field.
g) Fill in "password" field with your clear text password.
i) The "source" field is already filled for you.
- After successful creation of the Mntner object, you shall get the screen below;
- You may query the Whois to verify the Person object. E.g the query "AFRINIC-JS39-MNT" with the "-rB" flags gives the output below;