Email Headers X-Apparently

Posted on 2006-06-30
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I am having trouble with mail being sent to my Yahoo email account. They sometimes take hours to arrive after sending. Trying to find out if its Yahoo or the sender thats the problem and why. I've removed some basic errors to make things clearer:

X-Apparently-To: via; Fri, 30 Jun 2006 09:46:08 +0000
X-Originating-IP: []
Authentication-Results:; domainkeys=neutral (no sig)

Received: from  (EHLO (
  by with SMTP; Fri, 30 Jun 2006 09:46:07 +0000

Received: from ( [] (may be forged))
      by (MailControl) with ESMTP id k5U9jRKB006951
      for <>; Fri, 30 Jun 2006 10:45:28 +0100

Received: from by
      with ESMTP id md50001482635.msg
      for <>; Fri, 30 Jun 2006 10:46:14 +0100
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft Exchange V6.0.6556.0
Subject: RE: Beach Website
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 10:46:04 +0100
Message-ID: <>
From: "Fred Bloggs" <>
To: <>

Problems I've noticed:

1) Its coming through as X-Apparently.
2) There is a (may be forged) in one of the headers.
3) The timestamp their end is +0100: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 10:46:14 +0100. Locally it is: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 09:46:08 +0000

Any ideas?


Question by:LeeGolding
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jar3817 earned 100 total points
ID: 17017017
Any header starting with X- is ignored by email servers, they're just there for informational purposes. The (may be forged) part is simply telling you that the ip address has a "PTR" record (reverse dns) but that name doesnt have a corrisponding "A" record (forward dns). As for the time, who knows, maybe the time isn't set correctly on one or more servers in between

Does it take this long to deliver to any site or just yahoo? What about another address to your yahoo account, like a gmail or hotmail?
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Expert Comment

ID: 17017057
That header information looks correct.

The timezone information is fine. The sending server looks like it is in the UK, so that is +0100 at the moment as BST is on.

That message looks like it took 14 second to go through all the servers. I don't see any delays in that header.


Author Comment

ID: 17017404
Sorry! There was no delay on that one. Here is one with a delay:

X-Apparently-To: via; Mon, 26 Jun 2006 18:29:14 +0000
X-Originating-IP: []
Authentication-Results:; domainkeys=neutral (no sig)

Received: from  (EHLO (
  by with SMTP; Mon, 26 Jun 2006 18:29:13 +0000

Received: from ( [] (may be forged))
      by (MailControl) with ESMTP id k5QEk1p4005469
      for <>; Mon, 26 Jun 2006 15:46:01 +0100

Received: from by
      with ESMTP id md50001464598.msg
      for <>; Mon, 26 Jun 2006 15:46:55 +0100
Subject: Test
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 15:46:54 +0100
Message-ID: <>
From: "Fredd Bloggs" <>
To: "Lee Golding" <>

Its just email sent from them to Yahoo that has delays.

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Accepted Solution

Sembee earned 150 total points
ID: 17017497
In that message the delay would appear to be caused during the delivery from the spam filtering company being used ( and Yahoo's mail servers.

This line is the transfer from your server to the filtering company:

Received: from ( [] (may be forged))
     by (MailControl) with ESMTP id k5QEk1p4005469
     for <>; Mon, 26 Jun 2006 15:46:01 +0100

Which takes place at 15.46.
The next line is the transfer from them to Yahoo, which takes place at 18.29 GMT (19.29 BST).

Received: from  (EHLO (
  by with SMTP; Mon, 26 Jun 2006 18:29:13 +0000

Therefore the people who need to be shouted at, are


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