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Re: People forging their From: addresses

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  • From: "Wilfried Woeber, UniVie/ACOnet" < >
  • Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 14:44:32 MET-DST

>    1)	If DNS really returns "NonExistant Domain"
>	you MAY return 5xx.

  ...and you might want to think twice or check more than once :-)

  In the (not so rare) cases where *all* NS servers for a certain domain
  are lost for a while (e.g. due to connetivity problems), you would then
  bounce perfectly valid mail.

>The cost of 4xx is large log files - in my opinion that's cheap
>compared to legitimate mail being refused and returned.

  On that aspect Piet commented:

=     The cost of 4xx is large log files  
=If that were the only cost, I could live with it and
=turn on 4xx by default. But it isn't the only cost:
=each of the numerous retries costs you resources.

  While I certainly agree that loosing all NSs for a domain is not a 
  good idea, it is simply a reality. And dealing with it and explaining
  to the end-users what's happening and why is costing the most expensive
  resource: the human resources at the help-desk ;-)
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