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From "Kunal Shah" <>
Subject RE: How to validate email address in JSP by using javax.mail?
Date Thu, 10 Oct 2002 07:00:08 GMT

thats the wonderful idea.

you are talking about doing something what mailing lists are
doing .

this is the way they check the validity of email address..

thanks a bunch


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steven J. Owens []
> Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 12:19 PM
> To: Tomcat Users List;
> Subject: Re: How to validate email address in JSP
> by using javax.mail?
> On Thu, Oct 10, 2002 at 11:46:20AM +0530, Kunal
> Shah wrote:
> > suppose there is an domain accepting
> mails for its user say
> > there are a, b and c users and administrator
> which will recieve
> > mails for unresolve members
> >
> > i am sending one mail at dummy
> is not valid
> > mailbox still the mesg will be delivered to
> administrator of
> > so there will be not send fail exception.
>      This is why the standard practice in
> internet mailing list
> servers is "confirmed opt-in".  In other words,
> you MUST assume that
> the email address is invalid UNLESS the user gets
> the confirm request
> email and confirms by responding.
>      The usual approach to implementing this is
> to generate a
> pseudo-random number that will be unique to that
> user, and store it
> somewhere, typically a database table which also
> includes that email
> address.  Then you send a confirm request email
> to the email address,
> asking that they send you back the pseudo-random
> number so you know
> that the email address is both valid (because
> they received the email)
> and has requested whatever service (because they
> chose to reply).
>      Typically, the user sends the pseudo-random
> number one of two
> ways, either by email or by a direct HTTP GET
> request with the
> pseudo-random number as an argument.
> a) to allow a GET-style URL request containing
> the pseudo-random
> number as an argument, you just include the URL
> in the confirm request
> message, so the user can click on it in order to
> directly invoke a JSP
> or servlet.
> b) to allow an email, you put the pseudo-random
> number on either the
> subject-line or in the reply-to address of the
> message you send out.
> For a reply-to address, on your message you set a
> reply-to header.
> Most email clients, when the user selects the
> generic "reply" command,
> will address the message to the value set in the
> "reply-to" header.
>      Typically your reply-to header will be something like
> "", where 2345234632 is the
> pseudo-random number.  Most email servers can be
> configured to have
> email addresses with partial wild-cards, i.e.
> "confirm-*" or some
> such, which define an address which receives all
> email addressed to an
> address starting with "confirm-".  You configure
> your email server to
> hand off such messages to your java server.  Your
> java server then
> matches the "confirm-*" address up against the
> pseudo-random number in
> the table.
>      If your server can't handle partial wildcard
> addresses, then you
> have a single "confirm-reply" address and
> instruct the user to make
> sure that the subject-line of your request
> message is copied into the
> reply (most mail clients do that automatically).
> Other than that, it
> works the same as with the reply-to technique.
> Steven J. Owens
> "I'm going to make broad, sweeping
> generalizations and strong,
>  declarative statements, because otherwise I'll
> be here all night and
>  this document will be four times longer and much
> less fun to read.
>  Take it all with a grain of salt." - Me

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