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Re(2): The subject line leakage problem

2001-12-18 11:24:06

Now, in theory X.400 MTAs only deal with the envelope and are able to pass
arbitrary content types around, making it possible to introduce new ones at 
time. Howevr, I've found that sometimes this works in practice and often it
doesn't. Support for this in real world X.400 implementations is far from
uniform. At least part of the reason why this is so is because this capability
is rarely used, and rarely used capabilities are bound to have bugs, 
given that most X.400 implementations are rarely updated these days.

I don't know what X.400 systems you are basing the above comment on. I've been 
involved with interoperability testing STANAG 4406 PCT (just CMS really), and 
we have not seen a single problem with an X.400 MTA being unable to relay the 
new content type. 

There are, however, things you can do in SMTP. One of them is to secure
a batch SMTP session (RFC 2442). There are a number of email systems
that support this approach. I suppose something similar is possible in 
X.400 (a P1 content type?), but AFAIK nobody has ever defined such a 

The X.400 standard defines a double-envelope content-type precisely to allow 
protection of the envelope where required.