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Methodology for Mail Filtration Probes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107398D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Current mail systems provide mechanisms that allow an originator to probe the route of a distribution. Such mechanisms substantiate a given distribution will arrive at a designated destination. However, with the advent of mail filtration, processes can automatically discard a distribution after it has arrived. An originator may desire to probe the "settings" of a potential recipient's mail filtration service.

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Methodology for Mail Filtration Probes

       Current mail systems provide mechanisms that allow an
originator to probe the route of a distribution. Such mechanisms
substantiate a given distribution will arrive at a designated
destination. However, with the advent of mail filtration, processes
can automatically discard a distribution after it has arrived. An
originator may desire to probe the "settings" of a potential
recipient's mail filtration service.

      The specification of a client/server protocol between a mail
requester and that of the filtration service can provide information
regarding the procedures of a user's filtration service. The
originator's service can generate a request for the parameter
settings of a potential recipient. This request can be transported
through current generalize data stream mechanisms. This request also
would contain the address of where the reply should be sent.
Filtration services are usually located at the intended recipient's
node. A request could be generated and routed to the potential
recipient's node.

      The filtration service can perform a verification process to
determine the type of information that can be conveyed and to whom.
Upon a successful verification, the filtration service would generate
a reply that would contain the settings of the mail filtration
process.  If the information is not received, the filtration service
can reissue the reply. The number of retries can be imposed by the
implementation...