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Analysis of Threats Motivating DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM)

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (individual in sec area)
Expired & archived
Author Jim Fenton
Last updated 2015-10-14 (Latest revision 2005-12-20)
Replaced by RFC 4686
RFC stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Intended RFC status Informational
Stream WG state (None)
Document shepherd (None)
IESG IESG state Replaced by draft-ietf-dkim-threats
Action Holders
Consensus boilerplate Unknown
Telechat date (None)
Responsible AD Russ Housley
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This document provides an analysis of some threats against Internet mail that are intended to be addressed by signature-based mail authentication, in particular DomainKeys Identified Mail. It discusses the nature and location of the bad actors, what their capabilities are, and what they intend to accomplish via their attacks.


Jim Fenton

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