Last Call Review of draft-melnikov-mailserver-uri-to-historic-

Request Review of draft-melnikov-mailserver-uri-to-historic
Requested rev. no specific revision (document currently at 00)
Type Last Call Review
Team Security Area Directorate (secdir)
Deadline 2010-12-14
Requested 2010-11-22
Authors Alexey Melnikov
Draft last updated 2010-11-30
Completed reviews Secdir Last Call review of -?? by Richard Barnes
Assignment Reviewer Richard Barnes
State Completed
Review review-melnikov-mailserver-uri-to-historic-secdir-lc-barnes-2010-11-30
Review completed: 2010-11-30


I have reviewed this document as part of the security directorate's  

ongoing effort to review all IETF documents being processed by the  

IESG.  These comments were written primarily for the benefit of the  

security area directors.  Document editors and WG chairs should treat  

these comments just like any other last call comments.

As the name suggests, this document requests that IANA change the  

registration status of the "mailserver:" URI scheme to  

"Historic" (from its current status as "Provisional").  The document  

explains the lack of interoperability around this URI scheme, and  

describes better alternatives that developers should use.

I agree with the document's assessment that it does not create any new  

security concerns.  By reducing the ambiguity related to "mailserver:"  

URIs, this change in status should reduce the risk the improper  

implementations will create security vulnerabilities in software.