Cancel-Locks in Usenet articles.

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (usefor WG)
Author Simon Lyall 
Last updated 1998-11-03
Replaced by RFC 8315
Stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
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Stream WG state WG Document
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IESG IESG state Replaced by draft-baeuerle-netnews-cancel-lock
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This Internet-Draft is no longer active. A copy of the expired Internet-Draft can be found at


This document outlines a method that may be used by authors of successor (or canceling) articles to authenticate their authorship of the original article. As a proto-article article passes through various agents they may include the hash of a secret string in a Cancel-Key header. Later if they wish to use a standard mechanism to remove the original article (eg Cancel or Supersede) they can include this string in the Cancel-Lock header to verify that they are entitled to perform this operation. Familiarity with the current News Article Format draft [ARTICLE] is assumed.


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