[ih] what is and isn't the web, was Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol
dhc2 at dcrocker.net
Sun Aug 21 22:22:27 PDT 2016
On 8/21/2016 8:28 PM, Paul Vixie wrote:
> at the time smtp was defined, everyone who could make a tcp/ip
> connection to you was trustworthy. government agencies and contractors
> including universities. there was no reason to authenticate or secure it
> at that stage.
Telephone calls and postal service did not (and do not) require
authentication before the call completes or the message is delivered.
Email was design with the same level of authentication as the existing
personal communication services, namely none.
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