[Bro-Dev] [JIRA] (BIT-1525) Support Internet Message Format for SMTP

Jan Grashoefer (JIRA) jira at bro-tracker.atlassian.net
Mon Jan 18 15:08:00 PST 2016

Jan Grashoefer created BIT-1525:

             Summary: Support Internet Message Format for SMTP
                 Key: BIT-1525
                 URL: https://bro-tracker.atlassian.net/browse/BIT-1525
             Project: Bro Issue Tracker
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Bro
    Affects Versions: git/master
         Environment: All
            Reporter: Jan Grashoefer
            Priority: Low

Having a look at an [issue|https://bro-tracker.atlassian.net/browse/BIT-1507?focusedCommentId=23300&page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel#comment-23300] I noticed problem with SMTP: Bro assumes that e.g. the To-field contains a comma-separated list of mail-addresses. According to [RFC 5322|https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5322#section-3.6.3] there is also the possibility to use groups (see below).

To: "Test Group":<member1 at example.com>,<member2 at example.com>;

Regarding groups I am not sure whether they can be nested. If I am not mistaken, the [grammar|https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5322#section-3.4] in the RFC would allow nested groups. But in my understanding this is not desired for the Destination Address Fields:
the field name, which is either "To", "Cc", or "Bcc", followed by a comma-separated list of one or more addresses (either mailbox or group syntax)

That leads to two questions:

#   Would it be sufficient for Bro to log just the addresses (usually whats inside < and >) without description (quoted with " )?
#   Should Bro support nested group-syntax?

I think option 1 (just log the plain addresses) should be sufficient, because if someone is interested in more details, one could have a look at the raw headers.

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