Re: [dmarc-ietf] Tickets 98 and 99 -- fake reports are not a problem and if they were authentication would not help

Michael Thomas <> Mon, 25 January 2021 21:52 UTC

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Subject: Re: [dmarc-ietf] Tickets 98 and 99 -- fake reports are not a problem and if they were authentication would not help
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On 1/25/21 1:26 PM, Steven M Jones wrote:
> On 1/25/21 12:18 PM, Michael Thomas wrote:
>> On 1/25/21 12:08 PM, Todd Herr wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 2:56 PM Michael Thomas < 
>>> <>> wrote:
>>>     Sounds like a bug to me and an issue should be opened. Just
>>>     because it's
>>>     a 10 year old bug doesn't mean it's not a bug.
>>> I disagree.
>>> Authentication results should not differ at a given provider based 
>>> solely on the destination domain, so there is no reason to report 
>>> results separately for each destination domain. Further, there's no 
>>> value to the report generators, especially at large sites like 
>>> Google, to expend the resources necessary to generate and send X 
>>> reports when one will do.
>> So you're saying I should be free to spoof any domain I want because 
>> Google might be inconvenienced?
> If the language in that Seth cited is "working," then report 
> generators are sending reports that pass DMARC and the report 
> receivers are validating that before ingesting the attached reports. 
> However this only provides some degree of attribution for the report 
> itself...
Yes, if that were enforced that would solve the problem. Given the 
confusion my guess that it is not. That paragraph could be a lot more 
specific about the mechanisms and motivations which I suggested in #98. 
It probably requires even more than my suggestion after seeing all of 
the list traffic going by. If gsuite is aggregating reports from all of 
their domains they host into one report, there is clearly a problem both 
with the text and with implementations.

And of course, any proposed http method would have to provide equivalent