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Re: botnets: web servers, end-systems and Vint Cerf [LONG, sorry]

  • From: Roland Dobbins
  • Date: Mon Feb 19 12:24:18 2007
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I look forward to your paper on "the end to end concept, and
why it doesn't
apply to email" ;)

I think the problem here is that people invoke something they think of as 'the end-to-end principle', but actually isn't.


from <http://web.mit.edu/Saltzer/www/publications/endtoend/ endtoend.pdf>:

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. . . functions placed at low levels of a system may be redundant or of little
value when compared with the cost of providing them at that low level.


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*That* is the actual 'end-to-end principle'. The imposition of hierarchy in application-layer email routing (or DNS infrastructure, etc.) has nothing to do with the actual end-to-end principle, except as a good example of honoring it.

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