SpamAssassin Rule: SPF_HELO_NEUTRAL

Standard description: SPF: HELO does not match SPF record (neutral)


SPF (Sender Policy Framework) is an open standard specifying a technical method to prevent sender address forgery. The domain in the HELO command is matched against a list of allowed mail relays for that domain. This states, for example, that mail from should have come via and not

In a normal mail client, the HELO command uses the internet name of the computer sending the mail, so that someone might use their computer to send mail through's mail relay, which has an SPF record indicating that that's allowed.


The domain owner has explicitly stated that he cannot or does not want to assert whether or not the IP address is authorized. A "Neutral" result MUST be treated exactly like the "None" result; the distinction exists only for informational purposes. Treating "Neutral" more harshly than "None" would discourage domain owners from testing the use of SPF records (see Section 9.1).

From RFC 4408

Further Info

The default scores for this rule can be found in the online list of tests.


Rules/SPF_HELO_NEUTRAL (last edited 2012-04-27 19:21:14 by AndrewDaviel)