Last Call Review of draft-ietf-appsawg-nullmx-05

Request Review of draft-ietf-appsawg-nullmx
Requested rev. no specific revision (document currently at 10)
Type Last Call Review
Team Ops Directorate (opsdir)
Deadline 2014-07-17
Requested 2014-07-21
Authors John Levine, Mark Delany
Draft last updated 2014-07-21
Completed reviews Genart Last Call review of -05 by David Black (diff)
Genart Last Call review of -06 by David Black (diff)
Genart Last Call review of -08 by David Black (diff)
Secdir Last Call review of -05 by Sean Turner (diff)
Opsdir Last Call review of -05 by David Black (diff)
Assignment Reviewer David Black 
State Completed
Review review-ietf-appsawg-nullmx-05-opsdir-lc-black-2014-07-21
Reviewed rev. 05 (document currently at 10)
Review result Has Issues
Review completed: 2014-07-21


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Document: draft-ietf-appsawg-nullmx-05
Reviewer: David L. Black
Review Date: July 16, 2014
IETF LC End Date: July 17, 2014
IESG Telechat Date: August 7, 2014

Summary: This draft is on the right track, but has open issues
		described in the review.

This draft is a short specification of a NULL MX resource record whose
publication in the DNS indicates that a domain does not accept email.

I found one relatively minor issue.

Minor Issues:

Something is wrong with this paragraph in the Security Considerations section:

   In the unlikely event that a domain legitimately sends email but does
   not want to receive email, SMTP servers that reject mail from domains
   that advertise a NULL MX risk losing email from those domains.  The
   normal way to send mail for which a sender wants no responses remains
   unchanged, by using an empty RFC5321.MailFrom address.

Why is that treated as a security consideration?  In light of the first
paragraph in Section 4.3 stating that it's acceptable for SMTP clients to
not send email to domains that publish NULL MX records, this text ought to
be recommending that such a domain (legitimately sends email but does not
want to receive email) SHOULD NOT publish a NULL MX record and SHOULD provide
an SMTP server that promptly rejects all email delivery attempt.  It can
then further explain that not following the "SHOULD NOT" causes lost email
as described in the quoted text, and not following the "SHOULD" causes long
delivery timeouts as described in Section 2.  I'd also suggest moving this
discussion to Section 4.3 so that it follows the first paragraph there.


Section 1 is missing from Table of Contents.

First paragraph in Section 4.1:
	"address is not deliverable" -> "the email is not deliverable"

Second  paragraph in Section 4.1 assumes that all or most domains that
do not accept email also publish NULL MX records.  That assumption should
be stated as part of the first sentence of the paragraph, as the immediately
preceding paragraph is about the benefits of individual domains publishing
NULL MX records.

In Section 4.3, please provide text descriptions of the 550 reply code and
5.1.2 enhanced status code.

   550 reply code
   550 reply code (Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable) [RFC5321]

   5.1.2 enhanced status code
   5.1.2 enhanced status code (Permanent Failure, Bad destination system address)

idnits 2.13.01 didn't find anything to complain about.

--- Selected RFC 5706 Appendix A Q&A for OPS-Dir review ---

A.1.1  Has deployment been discussed?

	Yes, and NULL MX records are already deployed in the DNS.

A.1.5.  Has the impact on network operation been discussed?

	Yes, in general, NULL MX records have significant operational
	benefits as described in the draft.

A.2.  Do you anticipate any manageability issues with the specification?

	No.  This is a minor extension to an existing use of DNS resource records.

David L. Black, Distinguished Engineer
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