Last Call Review of draft-ietf-appsawg-multimailbox-search-01

Request Review of draft-ietf-appsawg-multimailbox-search
Requested rev. no specific revision (document currently at 04)
Type Last Call Review
Team Ops Directorate (opsdir)
Deadline 2014-07-21
Requested 2014-07-14
Draft last updated 2014-07-21
Completed reviews Genart Last Call review of -01 by Francis Dupont (diff)
Genart Telechat review of -03 by Francis Dupont (diff)
Secdir Last Call review of -01 by Tina Tsou (diff)
Opsdir Last Call review of -01 by Stefan Winter (diff)
Assignment Reviewer Stefan Winter
State Completed
Review review-ietf-appsawg-multimailbox-search-01-opsdir-lc-winter-2014-07-21
Reviewed rev. 01 (document currently at 04)
Review result Has Nits
Review completed: 2014-07-21



I have reviewed this document as part of the Operational directorate's
ongoing effort to review all IETF documents being processed by the IESG.
 These comments were written primarily for the benefit of the
operational area directors. Document editors and WG chairs should treat
these comments just like any other last call comments.

I believe this draft is ready. I have one question below where I'd
appreciate a short answer (marked ??? ) which is probably only due to my
own insufficient knowledge of the innards of IMAP.

The draft defines a new extension to the IMAP protocol. A new command
can be sent by the client. The command is meant to be triggered manually
by a human who searches for content in a number of mailboxes he has
access to (as opposed to IMAP without this extension, where he could
only search in one single mailbox at a time).

IMAP servers advertise the corresponding extension, so clients know
whether it is at their disposal for use or not. There are workarounds
for a client if it is not (multiple searches in one mailbox each). The
deployment of the extension can be done safely in a step-up manner;
there are no backward-compatibility issues.

The security considerations section mentions workload considerations and
reminds of the necessity of access control and computation time limitations.

??? When an ESEARCH hits those configured limits, e.g. maximum permitted
computation time on the query has been exceeded, can this be
communicated to the client, or is that a "silent" failure? Also, does
the ESEARCH then yield partial results, or none at all? As a user, I
would appreciate notice that my search results are incomplete - either
in terms of "only N out of M mailboxes searched" or "stopped after 1000
hits to your search terms". Assuming I have the necessary access rights
to the mailboxes in question, there is no security leakage in telling me
(otherwise, fully agree to the "insufficient access" distinguishing in
the Security Considerations). None of the return values "OK" "NO" and
"BAD" seems to capture the condition above clearly (NO is close, but
could also mean things like charset mismatch, so it's not very clear as
a response). But maybe there is some standard IMAP signalling for things
like that elsewhere in the protocol. Then apologies for my question.


Stefan Winter

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