SPF SOFTFAIL not working properly

Jim Hermann wizard at jimhermann.com
Fri Jun 23 02:51:49 IST 2006

Is anyone else seeing incorrect SPF_SOFTMAIL false positives?

Here is an example that I was able to isolate to a test file.

The debug looks like this:

[28763] dbg: spf: checking EnvelopeFrom (helo=BABY, ip=,
envfrom=marileestewart at relmaxtop.com)
[28763] dbg: spf: query for
marileestewart at relmaxtop.com/ result: softfail, comment:
[28763] dbg: plugin: registering glue method for check_for_spf_softfail
[28763] dbg: rules: ran eval rule SPF_SOFTFAIL ======> got hit


>From marileestewart at relmaxtop.com Mon Jun 19 00:44:04 2006
Return-Path: <marileestewart at relmaxtop.com>
Received: from host.uuserver.net (root at localhost)
        by xxxx.org (8.12.11/8.12.11) with ESMTP id k5I8573c022877
        for <xxxx at xxxx.org>; Sun, 18 Jun 2006 03:05:08 -0500
Received: from BABY ([])
        by host.uuserver.net (8.12.11/8.12.11) with ESMTP id k5I84QuC026169
        for <xxxx at xxxx.org>; Sun, 18 Jun 2006 03:04:28 -0500

Report has this:

 pts rule name              description
---- ---------------------- -----------------------------------------
 0.5 PLING_QUERY            Subject has exclamation mark and question mark
 1.4 SPF_SOFTFAIL           SPF: sender does not match SPF record (softfail)
                            [SPF failed: ]

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