Content filtering

Martin Sapsed m.sapsed at BANGOR.AC.UK
Wed May 15 09:46:33 IST 2002

Hi all,

I wonder (in the face of a lot of jdbmgr hoaxes) whether MailScanner could
be enhanced to do some simple content filtering. I realise there are major
pitfalls here but if perhaps MailScanner found the string

"the virus has a teddy bear icon with the name jdbgmgr.exe"

you can be pretty sure you've got a hoax doing the rounds. Could it replace
the entire message with something to the effect that you've been sent a
hoax virus warning and we've nuked it to protect you (and our mail servers)
from yourself!

I have heard the other side of content filtering where a message about
specialist furniture was bounced because there were too many occurences of
legs...! I'm thinking more of specific strings found in regular hoaxes.

Would this be feasible and/or a "Good idea" (TM)?



Martin Sapsed                           To have no errors
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University of Wales, Bangor, LL57 2UX   No struggle, no joy.
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