[mail-vet-discuss] Auth-Results issue #4 method=value values

Arvel Hathcock arvel.hathcock at altn.com
Wed Mar 22 19:30:40 PST 2006


Wow, this is the most feedback I think I've seen for auth-results.  It's 
excellent.  I remain a strong supporter of this concept.  I hope to go 
through all these posts in detail ASAP.

-- 
Arvel

Tony Hansen wrote:
> These comments are about the values specified for the method=value:
> pass, fail, softfail, neutral, temperror and permerror.
> 
> First pass:
>         sending domain publishes an authentication policy of some kind,
>         and the message passed the authentication tests
> 
> Why is a policy being required? Not all methods have policies, and some
> methods can be used without a published policy.
> 
> Instead say something like
> 
> 	The message passed the authentication tests. (This may require
> 	accessing an authentication policy of some kind published by the
> 	sending domain.)
> 
> The same comments go for fail:
>         sending domain publishes an authentication policy of some kind,
>         and the message failed the authentication tests
> 
> Instead say something like
> 
> 	The message failed the authentication tests. (This may require
> 	accessing an authentication policy of some kind published by the
> 	sending domain.)
> 
> The other value definitions are different, but need to recognize that
> not all authentication methods require policies. I'd suggest this rewording:
>     softfail
> 	The authentication method requires a policy to be accessed, but
> 	the policy does not require authentication of all messages from
> 	that domain, and the message failed the authentication tests
> 
>     neutral
> 	The authentication method requires a policy to be accessed, but
>         the sending domain does not publish any sender authentication
> 	policy.
> 
>     temperror
>         A temporary (recoverable) error occurred attempting to
> 	authenticate the sender; either the process couldn't be
> 	completed locally because of some transient condition, or (for
> 	methods requiring a policy to be accessed) there was a temporary
> 	failure retrieving the sending domain's policy; a later attempt
> 	to re-authenticate this message might produce a more final
> 	result.
> 
>     permerror
>         a permanent (unrecoverable) error occurred attempting to
> 	authenticate the sender; either the process couldn't be
> 	completed locally, or (for methods requiring a policy to be
> 	accessed) there was a permanent failure retrieving the sending
> 	domain's policy.
> 
> 
> 	Tony Hansen
> 	tony at att.com
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