How to properly whitelist.

Julian Field mailscanner at
Mon Dec 9 17:09:46 GMT 2002

At 16:53 09/12/2002, you wrote:
>I am getting a few false positives on several mailing lists that I
>subscribe to. Here is a header from one of them.
>Received: from [] by with ESMTP
>(SMTPD32-7.07) id A6724750240; Mon, 09 Dec 2002 06:19:30 -0800
>Received: from ( []) by
> (8.12.6/8.12.6) with ESMTP id gB9EIVx3005029 for
><eneal at>; Mon, 9 Dec 2002 06:18:31 -0800
>X-DL-MFrom: <server-daemon at>
>X-DL-Connect: <root at []>
>Received: from (root at []) by
> (8.12.6/8.12.6/[ref postmaster at]) with ESMTP id
>gB9ECquf031525; Mon, 9 Dec 2002 14:18:17 GMT
>Received: by id OAA27614 (8.8.8/5.4[ref
>postmaster at] for from server-daemon at;
>Mon, 9 Dec 2002 14:11:10 GMT
>Resent-From: <server-daemon at>
>Received: by id NAA25894 (8.8.8/5.4[ref
>postmaster at] for from server-daemon at;
>Mon, 9 Dec 2002 13:16:37 GMT
>Received: from
>(Om3qliRVtgTG9ApZu3R/qNQQAgsi7v2i at []) by
> with ESMTP id NAA25886 (8.8.8/5.4[ref
>postmaster at] for from news at; Mon, 9 Dec 2002
>13:16:34 GMT
>Received: from mserv2.dl_sun_server ( []) by
> (8.12.6/8.12.6/[ref postmaster at]) with ESMTP id
>gB9DGOrt028744 for <comp-news at>; Mon, 9 Dec 2002 13:16:24 GMT
>Received: (from news at localhost) by mserv2.dl_sun_server
>(8.8.8+Sun/8.8.8) id NAA28461; Mon, 9 Dec 2002 13:15:49 GMT
>Date: 09 Dec 2002 12:56:38 GMT
>Resent-Date: Mon, 9 Dec 102 14:11:0 UT
>Message-ID: <10212914110.~INN-VZDa00152.comp-news at>
>Resent-Message-ID: <slrnav94km.qb.ronny.portier at>
>Precedence: list
>From: Ronny Portier <ronny.portier at>
>Reply-To: Ronny Portier <ronny.portier at>
>Sender: "comp.mail.sendmail mail newsgroup" <server-daemon at>
>To: comp.mail.sendmail mail newsgroup <comp-news at>
>Subject: {Spam?} remote and local mail
>Comments: List problems/queries to <postmaster at>
>Comments: To mail both the group and netnews send to
>(comp-mail-sendmail at
>X-Article-Number: comp.mail.sendmail Msg # 82031
>X-Listpath: comp-news
>X-Mailer: MXT V 12.16.1
>X-DCC-servers-Metrics: isaiah 1049; Body=1 Fuz1=1 Fuz2=1
>X-MailScanner: Found to be clean
>X-MailScanner-SpamCheck: SpamAssassin (score=6, required 3,
>X-MailScanner-SpamScore: ssssss
>X-RCPT-TO: <spam at>
>Status: U
>X-UIDL: 337854422
>X-Evolution-Source: pop://
>Mime-Version: 1.0
>Okay, so I do not want this message to be marked as spam, but how do I
>properly whitelist it? I have already made an entry in the rules file
>that says "To:  comp-news at      yes", but still messages from this
>list are being labeled as spam. Also, is it possible to use other
>headers to whitelist with?

The addresses that matter are the *envelope* addresses not whatever someone
felt like putting in the headers. The *envelope* recipient will be you, and
the envelope sender is going to be some address where the mailing list
resides. You need to be matching on them, not the values in the headers.
Julian Field
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