Re: [dmarc-ietf] ARC vs reject

Michael Thomas <mike@mtcc.com> Mon, 07 December 2020 05:42 UTC

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Subject: Re: [dmarc-ietf] ARC vs reject
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On 12/6/20 9:30 PM, Murray S. Kucherawy wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 6, 2020 at 9:24 PM Michael Thomas <mike@mtcc.com 
> <mailto:mike@mtcc.com>> wrote:
>
>     An idea that i've been rolling around in my head is that the MLM
>     could give a sed-like script to rollback the changes. since they
>     know their modifications, they can obviously express how to
>     unmodify them. it may have less issue with the mime hackery you
>     were thinking about.
>
>
> You'd need a way to assert, and then evaluate, that something 
> equivalent to "s/.*/spam/g" is a transformation you're not willing to 
> reverse and say "yep, we're good."  I don't know how you'd go about 
> automating that.


yes, definitely. but that's just as true of your draft. these are all 
heuristics at some level to feed into some hypothetical filtering 
machine to make sure there is no fuckery going on. such is the nature of 
spam filtering. i think that is the part that is hard thing to swallow 
from a standards standpoint and is what causes so much roiling. it's 
hard for me to say if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

>     But as far as your point about spam vectors it is surely just as
>     true about ARC, right? at least with recovering the original text
>     i have the ability to remove all of the transforms and deliver the
>     original text.  ARC not so much. it's all or nothing on the trust
>     front.
>
>     But I really think the key thing about all of this is figuring out
>     what defines success. That is the most important thing by far.
>
> I think ARC, like PSD, is meant to run for a while and see what we've 
> learned from it.  Maybe it's the silver bullet, or maybe it's 
> ineffective complexity.  That should be part of the experiment's 
> definition; Section 11 of the ARC RFC does try to capture all of that.
>
As I've been harping on, we need to have an agreed on definition of 
success. We know that 100% is not among them. What in the long tail 
don't we care about?

Mike