SPF record is not containing IP?

Hi, I imported a cPanel account and had to generate a new SPF record, but it is missing the IP, how comes?

New record is this: v=spf1 a mx ~all

Hi nico

Welcome to IW forums

Good question with a simple answer

The A (a) covers the IP address

You can add other records to spf if the record does not fully cover your requirements but initially IW-CP would not know these

Many thanks

John

Hi John,
Many thanks for explaining, :slight_smile: never knew A was enough as in cPanel it has always the IP included.
Nico

Hi nico

Many thanks. Glad you got it but for a fuller breakdown of spf record

spfv1 is version 1 - there is version 3 if you want to use that but not many systems understand version 3 yet and do not set both v1 and v3 records. Use only 1

a covers the A record from dns - so this covers the website and www is usually a Cname of domain

mx covers email server

~all is soft fail - so even if records do match, mail servers should allow but mark higher for possible spam.

If you want hard fail, use -all and this tells the mail servers to reject or drop email if not sent from authorised sending servers as shown in spf record

Hope that helps a little

Many thanks

John

Hi John, again, great explanation, thank you.
Nico

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