[Tickets #11376] Re: Itip auto-accept confirmation requests

bugs at horde.org bugs at horde.org
Tue Aug 28 20:37:54 UTC 2012


Ticket URL: http://bugs.horde.org/ticket/11376
  Ticket             | 11376
  Updated By         | Michael Slusarz <slusarz at horde.org>
  Summary            | Itip auto-accept confirmation requests
  Queue              | IMP
  Version            | Git master
  Type               | Enhancement
  State              | Assigned
  Priority           | 1. Low
  Milestone          |
  Patch              |
  Owners             | Horde Developers, Jan Schneider, Michael Rubinsky,
                     | Michael Slusarz

Michael Slusarz <slusarz at horde.org> (2012-08-28 14:37) wrote:

> That depends. Within an organization (for "local" addresses) it is  
> trivial to prevent users from forging sender addresses. In that case  
> there is no attack vector, since people will not be able to forge  
> replies.

This was a potential solution that the client and I have discussed.   
Although I would disagree with the idea that it is "trivial" to  
prevent users from forging sender addresses.  Imagine an organization  
like a university that may have 100,000+ users, and these users may be  
in a variety of differently admin'd local networks (e.g. Physics  
department, Economics department, etc.).  Additionally, the  
e-mail/user the invite was sent to may not match the responding user  
(e.g. sent to slusarz at example.com but my mail is sent from  
Michael.Slusarz at department.example.com) so forging addresses becomes a  
more complicated situation.

> But this is only the case for addresses we know are local, replies  
> from external (non-local) users should probably never be  
> auto-accepted. At the very least, there should be an option to treat  
> local and non-local users differently.

That being said, I would agree that we should provide an option for  
the admin to allow auto-accepting of e-mails from within the same  
domain.  Or better still, allow the admin to provide a list of domains  
to auto-accept from.

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