[ngw] GWAVA and SPF

Joe Brugaletta JBrugaletta at braytonlaw.com
Mon Oct 14 16:25:57 UTC 2019

More info:
if you go to https://www.dmarcanalyzer.com/spf/checker/
run a check on veeam.com
at the bottom you'll see the reference to salesforce.com which is a little "odd" (but it should work)... this is where gwava chokes. Salesforce uses a macro of %(i).. and I dont think gwava knows how to handle it. So emails get blocked per SPF rule.

We did not find problems with your SPF record.
DNS record 1 lookups
v=spf1 exists:%{i}._spf.mta.salesforce.com -all
Example :
The IP address of the sender (Example :

>>> "Joe Brugaletta" <JBrugaletta at braytonlaw.com> 10/14/2019 9:00 AM >>>
We're using gwava/MF hosted version of "message security", which I believe is Gwava 7. Yes I've checked if the companies have salesforce included in their records. It defniitely happens with Veeam support emails. I actually pinged Joe Marton (former Novell/MF, currently at Veeam last I checked) and we concluded gwava just isn't handling those redirected emails properly. It's rather easy to duplicate.. enable SPF checking and open a support ticket wth Veeam or whoever else uses salesforce to send emails on their behalf. 

Quotes from ex-gwava employee:

"Ok. Took them a while to run a test, hence why the delay, but they got back to me when I pinged them just now. We are not handling that macro correctly. Development is fully aware of it and going to get that squared away. 

The only way to address those messages is enter in an exception either on the ipaddresses, the domains, including salesforce and link that up to the SPF. 

Bug Number: GWAV-2747"

"As for the SalesForce bug, thank you again for the logs and what you have been able to give more information. The developer did say he looked at it, and was not able to find anything particularly out of the ordinary with how it was working on with the SPF and that particular syntax with salesforce. Yet, he did say he made a change in this latest build. Sadly though, it didn't fix it and I did notify him earlier that it is still an issue. The difficulty with that one is we are unable to duplicate. Nevertheless, we are still working on it and I will let you know about that issue."

>>> Brad Rodgers <brodgers at cesa7.org> 10/14/2019 5:51 AM >>>

Have you checked whether or not the sending domain using Salesforce has
included Salesforce in their SPF record published in DNS?  If they have not
then SPF is working as designed and the problem needs to be resolved on the
other end.


*Brad Rodgers*
Director of Administrative Technology
brodgers at cesa7.org

On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 7:39 AM Ken Etter <KLE at msktd.com> wrote:

> Not sure what bug you are referring to, but we use SPF on GWAVA 7 without
> any issues.
> Ken
> >>> "Joe Brugaletta" <JBrugaletta at braytonlaw.com> 10/11/2019 5:40 PM >>>
> Anyone else blocking SPF with gwava? I reported this bug months ago and no
> progress.. since most support companies use salesforce (I believe MF is one
> of them)... everything gets categorized as SPF coming from salesforce on
> behalf of a dif domain.
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