Solved

Using Message-ID to track a message

Posted on 1998-07-29
2
400 Views
Last Modified: 2006-11-17
How does one use the Message-ID field in an SMTP message to track a message? What information can be learned? Can you find out the originator, or just stuff like the time it was sent and what server it started out on?
0
Comment
Question by:goclimb
2 Comments
 
LVL 2

Accepted Solution

by:
seedy earned 100 total points
ID: 2009172
No.

As per RFC 822, the implementation/generation of this field is left to the host that generates it.  The only criteria is: an unique identifier for that message.

If you want to find out originator, look at from/Sender/Reply-To headers. The server it started out from will be the "Sender" if there is one.  The "Received" header from bottom to top will tell you the path the mail has taken to reach you.
0
 
LVL 51

Expert Comment

by:ahoffmann
ID: 2009173
some examples of message-IDs:

linux sendmail: 199807221644._random_@mailserver
M$ exhange:     sidMAC_random_@exchangeserver

self-explanating ;-)
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: SSL Checker

Scans your site and returns information about your SSL implementation and certificate. Helpful for debugging and validating your SSL configuration.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In tuning file systems on the Solaris Operating System, changing some parameters of a file system usually destroys the data on it. For instance, changing the cache segment block size in the volume of a T3 requires that you delete the existing volu…
Java performance on Solaris - Managing CPUs There are various resource controls in operating system which directly/indirectly influence the performance of application. one of the most important resource controls is "CPU".   In a multithreaded…
Learn how to get help with Linux/Unix bash shell commands. Use help to read help documents for built in bash shell commands.: Use man to interface with the online reference manuals for shell commands.: Use man to search man pages for unknown command…
This video shows how to set up a shell script to accept a positional parameter when called, pass that to a SQL script, accept the output from the statement back and then manipulate it in the Shell.

790 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question