DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM)

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (individual)
Author Eric Allman 
Last updated 2006-07-17 (latest revision 2005-10-26)
Replaced by RFC 4871
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DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) defines a domain-level authentication framework for email using public-key cryptography and key server technology to permit verification of the source and contents of messages by either Mail Transfer Agents (MTAs) or Mail User Agents (MUAs). The ultimate goal of this framework is to permit a signing domain to assert responsibility for a message, thus proving and protecting message sender identity and the integrity of the messages they convey while retaining the functionality of Internet email as it is known today. Proof and protection of email identity, including repudiation and non-repudiation, may assist in the global control of "spam" and "phishing".


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