X-ASVP Committee Publishes Anti-spam Protocol Proposal
SACRAMENTO (July 7, 2007)
Drastically reducing spam throughout the internet is the goal of a new
idea submitted today to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF),
a working group of the Internet Society that adopts
Spam is unsolicited or undesired bulk e-mail -- the electronic
equivalent of "postage-due" junk mail. An estimated 55 billion e-mail
spam were sent each day in June 2006, an increase of 25 billion per day
from June 2005, according to industry research.
The X-ASVP (eXtensible Anti-spam Verification Protocol) controlling
committee seeks public comment on its proposal to leverage existing
internet protocols in a new global infrastructure.
"If implemented, spam would be drastically reduced," said Gerald Klaas,
CISSP, chair of the group who developed the new protocol. "This would
create a predictable method for exchanging authentication information."
X-ASVP protocol is named after the supplemental header it would add to
Internet mail messages. The proposed header would include the necessary
information that an e-mail recipient has announced they require to get
past their e-mail filters. This "meta-document" information would be
posted on a web server.
"X-ASVP is a method for enabling peer to peer scalable authentication
between holders of an internet e-mail address, with redundancy and
reliability provided by secondary and global providers," Klaas said.
For further information about the X-ASVP protocol proposal, go to
The new protocol proposal organization is a non-profit,
non-governmental, international, professional membership group working
to build, support and encourage the use of X-ASVP and the common
infrastructure required for reliability, redundancy, and universality.