An Introduction to Internet Standards

@article{Leiba2008AnIT,
  title={An Introduction to Internet Standards},
  author={Barry Leiba},
  journal={IEEE Internet Computing},
  year={2008},
  volume={12}
}
  • B. Leiba
  • Published 2008
  • Computer Science
  • IEEE Internet Computing
Internet standards allow hardware and software from different sources to interoperate, and we can do virtually nothing on the internet without them. Here, Standards' new department editor discusses Internet standards in general, giving a brief overview of why they're necessary. He then delves into specific standards for email that aim to reduce spammers' ability to lie about who sent an email message (spoofing) - the Sender Policy Framework, Sender ID, and Domain Keys Identified Mail. 

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This standard supersedes the one specified in Request For Comments (RFC) 822, "Standard for the Format of ARPA Internet Text Messages", updating it to reflect current practice and incorporating incremental changes that were specified in other RFCs.

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This document describes version 1 of the ender Policy Framework (SPF) protocol, whereby a domain may explicitly authorize the hosts that are allowed to use its domain name, and a receiving host may check such authorization.

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