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DomainKeys

This control is found in the Console:
Options| Outgoing Mail

DomainKeys (DKIM) aim is to stop the practice of changing an e-mail message's header information so it appears to have been sent by someone else.

 

DomainKeys is designed to let receiving e-mail systems confirm that a message in fact originated from a user authorised to send e-mail for the domain stated in the header. DomainKeys uses public cryptography technology to accomplish this validation. The outgoing message is digitally "signed" with a private key while the receiving e-mail system uses a public key to validate the signature.

 

Mailtraq provides the Administrator with a Wizard to simplify the creation of a DomainKey with which you can sign outgoing mail.

Confirmation

You can check that you have created the DomainKey correctly by using a checker, such as:

DKIMCore checker...

  


Background

 

What is DKIM?

Read an full explanation of DKIM here...  and here...

 

Precis:

DomainKeys adds a header named "DomainKey-Signature" that contains a digital signature of the contents of the mail message. The default parameters for the authentication mechanism are to use SHA-1 as the cryptographic hash and RSA as the public key encryption scheme, and encode the encrypted hash using Base64.

The receiving SMTP server then uses the name of the domain from which the mail originated, the string _domainkey, and a selector from the header to perform a DNS lookup; the returned data includes that domain's public key. The receiver can then decrypt the hash value in the header field and at the same time recalculate the hash value for the mail body that was received, from the point immediately following the "DomainKey-Signature:" header. If the two values match, this cryptographically proves that the mail did in fact originate at the purported domain, and has not been tampered with in transit. 

Setting up DKIM (outside Mailtraq)

Read more about the background and methods used with DomainKeys here.


 

Tip

Administrators should consider the merits of implementing DKIM. 

The inherent weaknesses of the system have meant that it is not widely adopted by MTAs - Yahoo mail and AOL mail do make use of it. Unless you are getting mail rejected specifically because of DKIM failures our general advice is not to bother


 

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