RFC 6409, "Message Submission for Mail", November 2011Source of RFC: yam (app)
See Also: RFC 6409 w/ inline errata
Errata ID: 3995
Publication Format(s) : TEXT
Reported By: Tony Finch
Date Reported: 2014-05-22
Verifier Name: Barry Leiba
Date Verified: 2014-06-03
Section 8.7 says:
NOTE: SMTP [SMTP-MTA] prohibits the use of domain name aliases in addresses and the session-opening announcement. As with other SMTP requirements, RFC 5321 effectively prohibits an MSA from forwarding such messages into the public Internet. Nonetheless, unconditionally resolving aliases could be harmful. For example, if www.example.net and ftp.example.net are both aliases for mail.example.net, rewriting them could lose useful information.
It should say:
NOTE: RFC 821 and RFC 1123 prohibited the use of domain name aliases in addresses and the session-opening announcement. Because of this it is still common for MTAs to canonicalize domains in email addresses. However this requirement was dropped during the development of RFC 2821. The current rules about domain name aliases are set out in RFC 5321 section 2.3.5.
This errata report is correct, but the above wording is not quite correct and needs to be examined carefully before a revised version goes into a revised document.