Negative SA value and scoring

Thomas DuVally thomas_duvally at BROWN.EDU
Mon Jan 6 18:44:04 GMT 2003

This message received a SpamScore of ss (2), but got no report and did
NOT get logged as spam in syslogd.  I am using 2.41 of SA, which I know
has and older ruleset, but I think this is regardless of the rules.  MS
seems to be acting on the results of SA.
        Looking at the code in, the function to handle sascore
doesn't check the result of SAsaysspam.  It just sees the score and acts
on it as an integer.  Does that possibly ignore the minus sign?

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To: <user_name at>
Subject: user_name Cure Employment Stagnation
Date: Sun, 05 Jan 2003 11:34:31 -0500
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html
Message-Id: <dvamjlmyr at>
X-Brown-MailScanner: Found to be clean
X-Brown-MailScanner-SpamScore: ss

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On Mon, 2003-01-06 at 12:11, Julian Field wrote:
> At 16:32 06/01/2003, you wrote:
> >Question:
> >         If Spam Assassin returned a negative score for a piece of mail, would
> >MailScanner still add a "Spam Score" (the sssss) to the message?  I'm
> >seeing some messages that don't have a Spam Report attached, but are
> >getting a Spam Score of less than the threshold.  The message IS spam,
> >but has some phrases that could give it a negative value is SA.
> >
> >         Does MailScanner handle the minus sign right for SpamScore like
> > it does
> >for SpamReport?
> Can you give me an example of exactly what you mean?
> --
> Julian Field
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Thomas DuVally
Lead Sys. Prog.
CIS, Brown Univ.

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