Resolution of The SPF/Sender-ID Experiment
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SPFBIS Working Group                                        M. Kucherawy
Internet-Draft                                                 Cloudmark
Intended status: Informational                            April 16, 2012
Expires: October 18, 2012

               Resolution of The SPF/Sender-ID Experiment
                    draft-ietf-spfbis-experiment-03

Abstract

   In 2006 the IETF published a suite of protocol documents comprising
   SPF and Sender-ID, two proposed email authentication protocols.
   Because of interoperability concerns created by simultaneous use of
   the two protocols by a receiver, and some concerns with Sender-ID and
   compatibility with existing standards, the IESG required them to have
   Experimental status and invited the community to observe their
   deployments for a period of time, hoping convergence would be
   possible later.

   After six years, sufficient experience and evidence have been
   collected that the experiment thus created can be considered
   concluded, and a single protocol can be advanced.  This memo presents
   those findings.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.  Evidence of Deployment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     2.1.  DNS Resource Record Types  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     2.2.  Implementations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     2.3.  The SUBMITTER SMTP Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   3.  Evidence of Differences  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   4.  Conclusions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     4.1.  From the Evidence  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     4.2.  Recommendations to the IESG  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   5.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   6.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   7.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   Appendix A.  Experiences Developing SPF  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   Appendix B.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
   Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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1.  Introduction

   In April 2006, the IETF published the [SPF] and Sender-ID email
   authentication protocols, the latter consisting of three documents
   ([SUBMITTER], [SENDER-ID], and [PRA]).  Both of these enable one to
   publish via the Domain Name System a policy declaring which mail
   servers were authorized to send email on behalf of a specific domain
   name.  The two protocols made use of this policy statement and some
   specific (but different) logic to evaluate whether or not the email
   client sending or relaying a message was authorized to do so.

   Because Sender-ID supported use of the same policy statement as SPF,
   the IESG at the time was concerned that an implementation of
   Sender-ID might erroneously apply that statement to a message and,
   depending on selected recipient actions, could improperly interfere
   with message delivery.  As a result, the IESG required the
   publication of all of these documents as Experimental, and requested
   that the community observe deployment and operation of the protocols
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