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RFC 5321, "Simple Mail Transfer Protocol", October 2008

Source of RFC: IETF - NON WORKING GROUP
Area Assignment: app

Errata ID: 1851
Status: Held for Document Update
Type: Editorial

Reported By: Alessandro Vesely
Date Reported: 2009-09-08
Held for Document Update by: Pete Resnick

Section 4.1.1.5. says:

There are circumstances, contrary to the intent of this
specification, in which an SMTP server may receive an indication that
the underlying TCP connection has been closed or reset.  To preserve
the robustness of the mail system, SMTP servers SHOULD be prepared
for this condition and SHOULD treat it as if a QUIT had been received
before the connection disappeared.

Notes:

That text seems inappropriate in the RESET (RSET) section. It should presumably be moved to section 4.1.1.10. QUIT (QUIT), or, better yet, to section 3.8. Terminating Sessions and Connections.

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