Re: [dmarc-ietf] Comment on draft-ietf-dmarc-psd

Alessandro Vesely <> Mon, 11 November 2019 17:50 UTC

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Subject: Re: [dmarc-ietf] Comment on draft-ietf-dmarc-psd
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On Mon 11/Nov/2019 16:46:17 +0100 Kurt Andersen (b) wrote:
> I don't think that it is fair to say that anyone who refers to the org domain
> concept as cited in the DMARC spec is necessarily invoking the PSL.

Agreed.  The PSL just happens to be the only valid tool to do that.

For various reasons, large organizations administer many apparently unrelated
domains.  For example, has a rua mailto ending in  We cannot infer an OD from that, but I think the concept is clear.

> I do have a problem with the conflation of the org domain with a
> super-organizational "realm" (?) that may impose conditions upon organizations
> that fall within their jurisdictional purview. My main concerns are with the
> potential usurpation of the org domain's policy declaration rights. "Moving"
> the org domain up one level disenfranchises the organizations and that is the
> wrong thing to do IMO.

The I-D definitions are clear enough.  Section 2.5, in particular, prevents the
conflation neatly.

> As to the proposed "let's run this as an experiment pending DMARCbis", I don't
> see how that satisfies Dave's concern about creating new work for receivers in
> order to help a small set of domain (realm) owners. I'm not opposed to it, but
> I just don't see how this solves the issue.

Isn't that an ICANN problem?  For the time being, dig txt returns
an empty NOERROR response, while returns a valid record.  The
latter is a Nominet, already solved problem, AFAICS.