The notion that email authentication has helped reduce spam is completely
unsubstantiated by actual practice.
Which bit of text in the document are your referring to?
Email authentication isn't a weakness that is exploited by spammers.
But the lack of accountability for message senders IS.
And lastly, it seems inappropriate that such a draft would be proposed
with language about open relays without seeking the input of open relay
operators such as Av8 Internet. Av8 Internet is one of the very few open
relay operators that is willing to publicly discuss these operations.
There is a strong rough consensus in the email operations community that open
relays -- MTAs that accept mail from any source on the open Internet, when it is
directly destined to go back out to the Internet -- prevents providing
reasonable levels of message sender accountability.
That rough consensus has been in place for quite a few years.
Had anyone bothered to ask, I would have reported that open relay abuse
The fact that attackers are not trying to exploit a particular weakness right
now, although they used it heavily in the past, does not justify leaving the
weakness in place.
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