Notify Senders

Julian Field mailscanner at
Tue Jun 25 19:49:09 IST 2002

At 19:34 25/06/2002, you wrote:
>I don't think that will quite do what he wants. Your suggestion will still
>notify non-local senders that they send him a virus. He wants to notify
>*only* local senders.
>This is what he's looking for:
>Outside ->in   notify postmaster, local recipient. No external senders
>inside -> out   notify local sender, postmaster, no external recipients
>Your suggestion is similar, but in the outside->in case, the external
>senders are notified.

Agreed. At the moment you cannot run this particular setup with
MailScanner. He is the first person ever to ask for it. Everyone else has
considered mailing the sender of a virus to be a beneficial service to
them, that helps get 1 more infected PC fixed.

>At 10:12 AM 6/25/2002 +0100, Julian Field wrote:
>>I think all you need do is set "Notify Senders = yes" and "Deliver From
>>Local Domain = no" and you should get what you want.
>>At 00:11 25/06/2002, you wrote:
>>>I use
>>>"Notify Senders = no"
>>>because I'm a little reluctant to send automated mail to someone outside
>>>our office (possibly a client).  For sensitive relationships I'd rather
>>>call the client and explain the problem personally, without implying
>>>that he or she did something stupid (even if he or she did something
>>>stupid).  At the same time, I have
>>>"Deliver From Local Domain = no"
>>>because I don't want an outsider to know that one of my users tried to
>>>send them something bad.
>>>With this arrangement, if one of my users sends a message with a virus,
>>>(or more likely, a message with a poorly named attachment") the message
>>>is deleted and only I, as the postmaster, receive a warning.  I guess
>>>what I would prefer is something like
>>>"Notify Senders = yes | no | local"

Julian Field                Teaching Systems Manager
jkf at         Dept. of Electronics & Computer Science
Tel. 023 8059 2817          University of Southampton
                             Southampton SO17 1BJ

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