What is a Stale domain?
There are some domains marked as Stale on the domains page - what does this mean?
FractalScan Surface may mark some domains as stale in the results of a scan. Domains will be marked as stale if they have been identified, but do not have a DNS entry, i.e. they are not 'live' and have no associated IP address.
Stale domains will not typically have risks associated with them, as they are not live. They can still provide details of information found byFractalScan Surface.
The following scenarios can result in stale domains:
- Historic domains: For which there is historic data, but no references in current scan data:
- Public: Found in public open source data, such as certificate registration logs
- Not public: Previously found in a scan, but have since been removed
- Referenced: Referenced in live scan data, e.g. domains listed as alternate name in a certificate
- Chained sub-domains: Found as part of a live sub-domain, e.g:
- The sub-domain b.c.com would be stale if it is not live, but a.b.c.com is live