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SPF (Sender Policy Framework)

Last modified: October 8, 2022
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SPF (Sender Policy Framework)

An extension of SMTP which stops email spammers from forging the “From” fields in an e-mail. 

Due to SMTP itself does not have the mechanism to authenticate, SPF provides the authentication scheme by specifying which computers are authorized to send email from a specific domain.To use SPF, the domain sending e-mails must establish an SPF record that is published in DNS records. When e-mail passes through the DNS server, it is compared to the SPF record for that domain to determine if the sender is authorized to send e-mails from that sender’s address. If the e-mail comes from a domain that is not authorized, the DNS server will not forward the e-mail to the expected destination.

SPF only stops the spammer from forging the “From” field in the e-mail and does not stop the spammer from sending e-mails from a domain in which it is a member.

To use SPF, the following standard have been declared. IN TXT “v=spf1 -all”

From the rules, stand for the version of SPF and currently available for spf1 (version 1) only.

Eight mechanisms are defined:

– ALL – Matches, used default result like -all
– A – A record that can be reach.
– IPv4 – IPv4 address range.
– IPv6 – IPv6 address range.
– MX – Mail Exchange record match.
– PTR – Reverse DNS (Record).
– EXISTS – If the given domain name resolves to other name.
– INCLUDE – Include policy.

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