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Advice for Safe Handling of Malformed Messages (RFC7103) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234156D
Original Publication Date: 2014-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Jan-16
Document File: 48 page(s) / 49K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M. Kucherawy: AUTHOR [+3]


1.1. The Purpose of This Work

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                      M. Kucherawy Request for Comments: 7103                                    G. Shapiro Category: Informational                                         N. Freed ISSN: 2070-1721                                             January 2014

              Advice for Safe Handling of Malformed Messages


   Although Internet message formats have been precisely defined since    the 1970s, authoring and handling software often shows only mild    conformance to the specifications.  The malformed messages that    result are non-standard.  Nonetheless, decades of experience have    shown that using some tolerance in the handling of the malformations    that result is often an acceptable approach and is better than    rejecting the messages outright as nonconformant.  This document    includes a collection of the best advice available regarding a    variety of common malformed mail situations; it is to be used as    implementation guidance.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is    published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force    (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has    received public review and has been approved for publication by the    Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents    approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet    Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

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 Copyright Notice

   Copyright (c) 2014 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the    document authors.  All rights reserved.

   This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal    Provisions Relating to IETF Documents    ( in effect on the date of    publication of this document.  Please review these documents    carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect    to this document.  Code Components extracted from this document must    include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of    the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as    described in the Simplified BSD License.

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