Re: Cancel Message for Internt Mail
Randall Gellens <Randy@qualcomm.com> Tue, 13 May 1997 21:26 UTC
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Date: Tue, 13 May 1997 14:05:33 -0700
To: "John W. Noerenberg" <email@example.com>
From: Randall Gellens <Randy@qualcomm.com>
Subject: Re: Cancel Message for Internt Mail
Cc: "Anthony E. Greene" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu, email@example.com
At 1:09 PM -0700 5/13/97, John W. Noerenberg wrote: > Tony, if you have some ideas that can address Valdis' concerns, I'd be very > interested in hearing more. I have to be honest and say that I think it is > highly unlikely you can guarantee the cancel in the distrbuted environment > of the Internet. And that is what will be required. > > I even think you would be hard pressed to prove that the nntp CANCEL is > 100% effective. By that I mean that no one at any site had read a message > that was also cancelled. My understanding of NNTP CANCEL is that it is far from guaranteed; but then that also goes for NNTP in general. CANCEL messages get lost, messages get cancelled after they are read, so what? Also, NNTP specifically says that sites should not do much authentication on the CANCEL message; certainly forging one is quite easy. If there were to be an SMTP CANCEL (maybe RESCIND?) I think it would have to be modelled on receipts -- strictly advisory, no guarantees to the sender that anything will happen, up to the receiver how to deal with one.