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RE: ARIN whois

  • From: Bruce Campbell
  • Date: Tue Nov 23 04:27:08 1999

On Mon, 22 Nov 1999, Roeland M.J. Meyer wrote:

> > What "legitimate business purposes" necessitate leaving SMTP
> > relays open
> > to the world?
> How about running a commercial email gateway? 

Lets try another analogy set, ie  You run a gas station.  

	You give out free fuel to whoever turns up in a vehicle capable of
	accepting fuel from your bowser.

pop-before-smtp authentication:
	You require a valid corporate fleet card before handing out fuel.

	You require payment before letting them near the bowser.

trusted-hosts or IP-based access lists:
	If their numberplate is in a certain range, give them free fuel.

> How about commercial anonymous re-mailers? 

Ah, this would be:

	You give out free fuel on sighting, but not verifying, a corporate
	fleet card, and give them a new car.


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