Welcome to STARTTLS Scanner.
StartTLS Scanner is a project of Virginia Tech. We currently collect certificates served at SMTP servers that support STARTTLS and DANE.
Our goal is to perform a comprehensive active measurement of the DANE-supporting mail servers to track and analyze the usage and their deployment.
If you are a mail server operator and you believe that your mail servers may be experiencing problems due to our measurements, please consult the information below on what you can expect to see from us, how you can contact us, and as a last resort how you can block our traffic.
We thank you in advance for working with us to resolve any issues, and apologize in advance if we have inadvertently caused any problems through our measurement.
What can mail server operators expect?
You can expect that our measurement system will collect a single certificate using a STARTTLS command once a day from a single IP address. We do not send any emails to the mail servers, but just fetch the certificate.
DNS authoritative servers
You can expect that our measurement system will send a single DNS query (TLSA record lookup) once a day from one IP address to fetch TLSA records.
What should I do if the measurement impacts on my infrastructure?
If you think our measurement is impacting your infrastructure adversely, please contact us so that we can try to resolve the problem. We would be highly appreciated if you could send us the following information:
- The name of your organization and an email address,
- The DNS hostname(s) of the affected name server(s),
- The MX record(s) of the affected mail server(s),
- A brief description of the impact,
- A date and time on which you (first) experienced problems you think may be caused by our measurement,
- The IP address(es) or block from which you are receiving problmatic traffic.
Upon receiving the information above, we will stop sending any queries and fetching certificates from the DNS servers and mail servers.
We are in the EDT (Eastern Time, UTC-4). We try to answer any request concerning problems within one business day. If you need our urgent attention, please include “[URGENT]” in the subject line of any e-mail you send us.