[arin-announce] Changes to MAIL-FROM Authentication in ARIN’s IRR

ARIN info at arin.net
Fri Oct 7 16:01:55 EDT 2011

Aside from the improvements made in the IRR for authentication and 
notification, rolled out 29 September, there has been one change that 
has affected a number of users.

To add the new functionality, ARIN took third party IRR software and 
integrated it within ARIN operations. The software that had the improved 
authentication system had explicitly disabled any MAIL-FROM 
authentication. ARIN inserted simple MAIL-FROM authentication, but 
regular expressions that were in the previous system are no longer 
supported. The “from” header which is generated by your Mail User Agent 
is used in matching your email address within the auth field of the 
mntner object. The two (from header and mail address) must match exactly.

ARIN realizes that this is inconvenient for those who have regular 
expressions for their email address within the maintainer MAIL-FROM 
values. Please reference Section 2.5 of the ARIN Routing Registry 
Documentation at https://www.arin.net/resources/routing/index.html#two5 
for more information on the authentication methods, including steps for 
upgrading your existing mntner object with MAIL-FROM to either MD5 or PGP.

For assistance, please contact ARIN Registration Services at rtreg at arin.net.


Mark Kosters
Chief Technical Officer
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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