[ietf-dkim] list expanders (was Re: chained signatures, was l= summary)
gmail.sant9442 at winserver.com
Tue Jun 30 14:01:42 PDT 2009
Dave CROCKER wrote:
> MH Michael Hammer (5304) wrote:
> > How does a 3rd party signing a message change the intent of the author
>> of a message? One might argue that breaking the original signature does that.
>> My response would be to then avoid breaking the original signature.
>> One of the arguments put forward supporting the DKIM effort was that unlike
>> SPF it is not hop dependent.
> A common source of confusion about this is the difference between an MTA Relay
> and a Mailing List Mediator. A DKIM signature always survives relaying, whereas
> SPF registration cannot any.
Not so, David.
To make the analogy, you need to put both under the same page, same
mail transport considerations.
First, you are presuming the MTA is a DKIM resigner. Like wise, SPF
also has sender MTA rewriter technology and that includes a standard
protocol as well - RFC 4405 (SUBMITTER SMTP Service Extension).
In other words, SPF can survive a multi-hop route if each MTA supports
RFC 4405. Like wise, DKIM can ONLY survive the multi-hop route if each
MTA supports DKIM resigning. Both technologies require middle ware MTA
So this old marketing benefit does not apply any more.
However, with it comes to a Mailing List Server (MLS), SPF does not
suffer the problems that DKIM has with a MLS.
> The reality is that after receiving the message, the Mediator owns it and can
> legitimately do whatever it wants. Or rather, any constraints on its actions
> depend on policies and agreements that are far outside the realm of current
> email protocol standards.
IMO, you are minimizing long time telecommunications mail engineering
considerations, reflected by US laws (and foreign laws based on the US
model) that help protect user intent and expectations.
Push comes to shove, the question of Mediator ownership is not as
legitimate as you may think. It is only has been skewed with a
renewed direction for centralization (vendor owns the resource).
However, copyright ownership of author written content is still an
implicit and natural legal right. Lost of mail is still a risk a
responsible mail enterprise can not ignore.
I believe you are advocating a dangerous precedence which will be felt
when USERS are finally presented with a mixed bag of GOOD VALID
VOUCHED DKIM MAIL and the many faults left open with this DKIM
framework - one where the AUTHOR intent has been lost from its
original basic concept.
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