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New E-Mail Authentication Spec Submitted to IETF

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A group of leading technology companies that includes Microsoft Corp., IBM, Yahoo Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. has submitted a new e-mail authentication standard to the Internet Engineering Task Force for consideration, eWEEK has learned.

The specifications for DomainKeys Identified Mail, or DKIM, were submitted to the IETF on Monday for consideration as a new e-mail authentication standard. DKIM has been in development since August and combines technology from Yahoo and Cisco. In addition to backing the new standards, the authoring companies plan to license it for free and may release it to the open-source community, according to information provided to eWEEK by the group.

The new DKIM standard will be available as an IETF Internet Draft through the organization's Web site in the near future, said Eric Allman, chief technology officer at Sendmail Inc.

Discussions of DKIM will be part of the 63rd IETF meeting in Paris, which begins on July 31, 2005, according to the group.

DKIM uses public key cryptography to sign e-mail messages, allowing receiving domains to identify legitimate senders and weed out spam and phishing e-mail with spoofed addresses. The specification combines elements of Yahoo's DomainKeys technology and Cisco's Internet Identified Mail technology.

As with DomainKeys, e-mail domain owners will generate a public and private cryptographic key pair, then publish the public key in their DNS (Domain Name System) record. The private key is stored on their e-mail servers. Components of Cisco's Identified Internet Mail header-signing technology will be used to sign messages, said Miles Libbey, anti-spam product manager at Yahoo.

E-mail administrators will have to install a software plug-in that supports DKIM on their mail servers, but the change will be easy to implement, especially for domain owners who have already set up DomainKeys, Libbey said.

Leading e-mail server makers such as Sendmail Inc. are pledging to release DKIM plug-ins for their products.

"We wanted to make it as easy as possible to make the transition from DomainKeys to DKIM," Allman said.

DKIM could become a widely accepted standard for securing e-mail communications and thwarting e-mail forgery and phishing attacks, said Jim Fenton, distinguished engineer at Cisco and one of the authors of the new specification.

"A lot of people in the past have said the future is to put cryptographic signatures in [e-mail] messages. So we're trying to present the future here. And we believe the future is now."

The announcement comes as leading e-mail experts are gathering in New York City this week to encourage organizations to implement e-mail authentication technology such as DomainKeys, or Microsoft's SIDF (Sender ID Framework).

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