Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC) (RFC7489)
Original Publication Date: 2015-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2015-Mar-19
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
M. Kucherawy: AUTHOR [+3]
The Sender Policy Framework ([SPF]) and DomainKeys Identified Mail ([DKIM]) provide domain-level authentication. They enable cooperating email receivers to detect mail authorized to use the domain name, which can permit differential handling. (A detailed discussion of the threats these systems attempt to address can be found in [DKIM-THREATS].) However, there has been no single widely accepted or publicly available mechanism to communication of
Independent Submission M. Kucherawy, Ed. Request for Comments: 7489 Category: Informational E. Zwicky, Ed. ISSN: 2070-1721 Yahoo! March 2015
Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC)
Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC) is a scalable mechanism by which a mail-originating organization can express domain-level policies and preferences for message validation, disposition, and reporting, that a mail-receiving organization can use to improve mail handling.
Originators of Internet Mail need to be able to associate reliable and authenticated domain identifiers with messages, communicate policies about messages that use those identifiers, and report about mail using those identifiers. These abilities have several benefits: Receivers can provide feedback to Domain Owners about the use of their domains; this feedback can provide valuable insight about the management of internal operations and the presence of external domain name abuse.
DMARC does not produce or encourage elevated delivery privilege of authenticated email. DMARC is a mechanism for policy distribution that enables increasingly strict handling of messages that fail authentication checks, ranging from no action, through altered delivery, up to message rejection.
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This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is published for informational purposes.
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RFC 7489 DMARC March 2015
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