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Re: MyDoom, Sorbig - Actions taken?

2004-02-05 09:48:04

On 5 Feb 2004 at 11:37, Keith Moore wrote:

Wouldn't it be nice if the same sort of thing could be done with email

no, it wouldn't be nice to be forced to always submit mail from the same

IP addresses are inherently tied to network locations.  email addresses are

That's right. That's why I said this isn't really possible with SMTP. After 
all, being able 
to send from anywhere as anyone is allowed AND used frequently today.

I think I didn't make my point clear. I was suggesting a conceptual vision, 
would rely on a briefly mentioned topic on the mail-ng list as "sender 

If you can verify the sender then it could become possible to control message 
"injection" into the "mail system". And one of those controls could be "is this 
allowed to send from this 'location'?". I'll handily leave "location" undefined.

This not really possible with SMTP as it stands now anyway. 

Imagine all the viruses that would be blocked because they could only
send mail on behalf of the "originating location's mail domain".

the viruses wouldn't be blocked, they'd just have different From addresses.

True. Perhaps I should have said "now we can track down the person who has a 
machine that's infected". 

At the least, all the "hey you have a virus" automated replies will go to a 
more appropriate location ;-)

Brad Clements,                bkc(_at_)murkworks(_dot_)com   (315)268-1000                          (315)268-9812 Fax                   AOL-IM: BKClements

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