Re: [dane] Feature creep for draft-ietf-dane-smime

Paul Hoffman <paul.hoffman@vpnc.org> Fri, 07 February 2014 19:08 UTC

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On Feb 7, 2014, at 10:41 AM, Viktor Dukhovni <viktor1dane@dukhovni.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 07, 2014 at 01:00:07PM -0500, Paul Wouters wrote:
> 
>>> SMTP does not yield an efficient offline attack.
>> 
>> Since when are spamming botnets interested in offline attacks to harvest
>> email addresses? Botnets just sent to every random character combo @
>> domain.
> 
> Since a time in the future when it becomes possible. :-)
> 
> There'll probably be a service selling the harvested addresses to
> spammers.

Those existed 15 years ago, and still do. The proposal to make it slightly harder for a harvester (and that's all we're suggesting) adds complexity and no measurable value.

--Paul Hoffman