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Email wildcards?

2002-02-25 10:03:30
Recently i've been working on S/MIME support for the mutt email client, and
several users have been asking me about problems with email addresses that
don't perfectly match those in their certificates.

For example, a user with the address foo(_at_)example(_dot_)com may want to use
foo+ietf-smime(_at_)example(_dot_)com when posting here, so that they can keep 
track of
where spam harvesters are gathering their address from -- many mail delivery
agents strip off "+" and anything after it before matching a username.

Searching through the list archives and elsewhere on the web, i've found
much discussion circa 1998 about whether or not S/MIME should support
wildcards in email certificates, but no resolution. What is the current
status on this? Is there a workaround?


Mike Schiraldi
VeriSign Applied Research

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