Re: [dmarc-ietf] Ticket #39 - remove p=quarantine

Laura Atkins <> Thu, 03 December 2020 09:28 UTC

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Subject: Re: [dmarc-ietf] Ticket #39 - remove p=quarantine
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> On 3 Dec 2020, at 06:03, Jim Fenton <> wrote:
> On 2 Dec 2020, at 1:47, Laura Atkins wrote:
>> p=quarantine is quite useful, particularly for those folks who are trying to get to a p=reject state.
>> In practice, senders who publish p=none don’t find all of the indirect mail flows as some mailing lists do nothing to transform the 5322.from address for a p=none policy. Senders have found that when they switch from p=none to p=quarantine pct=0 they regularly find mail that was not failing for a p=none.
> I’m really confused by this. It sounds like the 5322.from address rewriting is creating additional errors that didn’t exist beforehand, and that’s the opposite of the intended purpose. Isn’t the purpose of rewriting the 5322.from address to change the domain to that of the mediator, which should redirect reporting to the mediator rather than the original sender?

What I am trying to say is that as I understand it from the folks who professionally deploy DMARC, they regularly use p=quarantine pct=0 as part of the deployment process. There are DMARC failures that go undetected in a p=none situation but that is detected in a p=quarantine  pct=0 situation.  My understanding was this was related to indirect flows through mailing lists and how mailing lists are handling the header transformation but it’s possible I got that piece incorrect. 

p=quarantine is valuable for other reasons as well, and I think it should be kept. 


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