[rfc-dist] RFC 7505 on A "Null MX" No Service Resource Record for Domains That Accept No Mail

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        RFC 7505

        Title:      A "Null MX" No Service 
                    Resource Record for Domains That Accept 
                    No Mail 
        Author:     J. Levine, M. Delany
        Status:     Standards Track
        Stream:     IETF
        Date:       June 2015
        Mailbox:    standards at taugh.com, 
                    mx0dot at yahoo.com
        Pages:      6
        Characters: 12534
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-appsawg-nullmx-10.txt

        URL:        https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7505

        DOI:        http://dx.doi.org/10.17487/RFC7505

Internet mail determines the address of a receiving server through
the DNS, first by looking for an MX record and then by looking for an
A/AAAA record as a fallback.  Unfortunately, this means that the
A/AAAA record is taken to be mail server address even when that
address does not accept mail.  The No Service MX RR, informally
called "null MX", formalizes the existing mechanism by which a domain
announces that it accepts no mail, without having to provide a mail
server; this permits significant operational efficiencies.

This document is a product of the Applications Area Working Group Working Group of the IETF.

This is now a Proposed Standard.

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