- 550 error for ipv6/PTR ?

Brandon Applegate brandon at
Wed Jan 15 00:06:01 UTC 2014

Just saw this in a message tonight.  No idea if this is a transient error 
or not.

   said: 550-5.7.1 [2607:ff70:11::11] Our system has detected that this
   message does not 550-5.7.1 meet IPv6 sending guidelines regarding PTR
   records and authentication 550-5.7.1 . Please review 550-5.7.1 
[] for more 550
   5.7.1 information. t26si2290895yhl.255 - gsmtp (in reply to end of DATA
That URL's relevant section says:

Additional guidelines for IPv6

The sending IP must have a PTR record (i.e., a reverse DNS of the sending 
IP) and it should match the IP obtained via the forward DNS resolution of 
the hostname specified in the PTR record. Otherwise, mail will be marked 
as spam or possibly rejected.

The sending domain should pass either SPF check or DKIM check. Otherwise, 
mail might be marked as spam.

I have both of these (PTR's RR has matching AAAA, and I have SPF (but not 

I'm guessing that something on google's side is misinterpreting some data 
or other busted logic.  I meet all the requirements laid out, and have 
been sending mail to gmail addresses (via ipv6) since $forever.

Off-list replies are fine to minimize noise, and if there is an answer or 
any meaningful correlation I will reply on-list.  Thanks in advance for 
any info/feedback.

Brandon Applegate - CCIE 10273
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