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Source Ports in Abuse Reporting Format (ARF) Reports
RFC 6692

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        R. Clayton
Request for Comments: 6692                       University of Cambridge
Updates: 6591                                               M. Kucherawy
Category: Standards Track                                Cloudmark, Inc.
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                July 2012

          Source Ports in Abuse Reporting Format (ARF) Reports

Abstract

   This document defines an additional header field for use in Abuse
   Reporting Format (ARF) reports to permit the identification of the
   source port of the connection involved in an abuse incident.

   This document updates RFC 6591.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6692.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
   2. Keywords ........................................................2
   3. Source-Port Field Definition ....................................2
   4. Time Accuracy ...................................................3
   5. IANA Considerations .............................................3
   6. Security Considerations .........................................3
   7. References ......................................................4
      7.1. Normative References .......................................4
      7.2. Informative References .....................................4
   Appendix A. Acknowledgements .......................................5

1.  Introduction

   [ARF] defined the Abuse Reporting Format, an extensible message
   format for Email Feedback Reports.  These reports are used to report
   incidents of email abuse.  ARF was extended by [AUTHFAILURE-REPORT]
   to enable the reporting of email authentication failures.  These
   specifications provided for the source IP address to be included in a
   report.  As explained in [LOG], the deployment of IP address sharing
   techniques requires the source port values to be included in reports
   if unambiguous identification of the origin of abuse is to be
   achieved.

   This document defines an ARF reporting field to contain this
   information and provides guidance for its use.

2.  Keywords

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in [KEYWORDS].

3.  Source-Port Field Definition

   A new ARF header field called "Source-Port" is defined.  When present
   in a report, it MUST contain the client port of the TCP connection
   from which the reported message originated, corresponding to the
   "Source-IP" field that contains the client address of that same
   connection, thereby describing completely the origin of the abuse
   incident.

   Per, [ABNF], the formal syntax is:

     source-port = "Source-Port:" [CFWS] 1*5DIGIT [CFWS] CRLF

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   "CFWS", which represents email-style comments or folding white space,
   is imported from [MAIL].

   When any report is generated that includes the "Source-IP" field (see

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