IPP Mail Archive: IPP> RFC 2487 - SMTP Svc Ext for Secure SMTP over TLS (Jan 1999)

IPP Mail Archive: IPP> RFC 2487 - SMTP Svc Ext for Secure SMTP over TLS (Jan 1999)

IPP> RFC 2487 - SMTP Svc Ext for Secure SMTP over TLS (Jan 1999)

Ira McDonald (imcdonal@sdsp.mc.xerox.com)
Sat, 23 Jan 99 19:10:26 EST

Hi folks,

Abstract below

- Ira McDonald

Network Working Group P. Hoffman
Request for Comments: 2487 Internet Mail Consortium
Category: Standards Track January 1999

SMTP Service Extension for Secure SMTP over TLS

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1999). All Rights Reserved.

1. Abstract

This document describes an extension to the SMTP service that allows
an SMTP server and client to use transport-layer security to provide
private, authenticated communication over the Internet. This gives
SMTP agents the ability to protect some or all of their
communications from eavesdroppers and attackers.

2. Introduction

SMTP [RFC-821] servers and clients normally communicate in the clear
over the Internet. In many cases, this communication goes through one
or more router that is not controlled or trusted by either entity.
Such an untrusted router might allow a third party to monitor or
alter the communications between the server and client.

Further, there is often a desire for two SMTP agents to be able to
authenticate each others' identities. For example, a secure SMTP
server might only allow communications from other SMTP agents it
knows, or it might act differently for messages received from an
agent it knows than from one it doesn't know.

TLS [TLS], more commonly known as SSL, is a popular mechanism for
enhancing TCP communications with privacy and authentication. TLS is
in wide use with the HTTP protocol, and is also being used for adding
security to many other common protocols that run over TCP.