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Cisco 7970 broken DNS resolver

Posted on 2005-03-12 22:53:41, modified on 2006-01-09 16:29:23
Tags: Voice over IP, Cisco, DNS

The Cisco 7970 phones have a nifty feature: IP Phone Services. With it, you can access services on the internet (for example the stock value of CSCO). I have been asked to make some nifty features, but up to now it's no luck for me! Read on...

An IP Phone Service is defined as an URL, which returns an XML file with the commands in it. All very simple stuff.

For example, would return an XML file. This works.

But, we're living in the 21st century and we use hostnames these days. So, I changed it to No fish. Not even an TCP session towards the webserver. Why?

15:43:25.727288 >  48+ Type1907 (Class 29802)?. (33) [tos 0x60]
0x0000   4560 003d 1186 0000 3e11 4564 0ac0 0fe5      E`.=....>.Ed....
0x0010   0ac0 0002 0499 0035 0029 0000 0030 0100      .......5.)...0..
0x0020   0001 0000 0000 0000 0007 7374 6a61 6d65      ..........stjame
0x0030   7303 6e65 7402 6175 0000 0100 01   

This is why. Don't ask me why the phone asks for A record of, but it is asking it wrong: At offset 0x0028, the value 00 is there by mistake, it shouldn't have been there in the first place.

My name server happily refuses the query, and the Cisco 7970 returns "Host not found". Let's hope that Cisco can do something about it :-/

Note: Please note that this problem has been fixed in version 6.0.3.

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