MailScanner replacements

Mariano Absatz mailscanner at LISTS.COM.AR
Fri Jul 4 14:23:29 IST 2003

I just browsed over vircom's site... they have something called Anti-SPAM 
Gate ( without a lot 
of info about it...

AFAICS, it uses Sieve for filtering... Sieve is a relatively new standard 
language for mail filtering... it is being incorporated on some mail clients 
and server as a filtering language so users can write scripts based on 
message properties or contents and filter every incoming message... IIRC, you 
can accept, bounce, drop, copy/move to a certain folder based on things 
inside the message.

The only open source server I recall using it is CMU's cyrus imap server... 
incidentally, I think the language was developed by people at CMU :-)

I also recall a couple of mail clients using it... I think recent versions of 
Cyrusoft Mulberry (payware) use it for locally filtering.

Now, Sieve is a fine language for filtering, but, in itself, it's nothing 
else... It is interesting that, being standard, once you learn to filter in 
Sieve, you can carry your scripts from client to server, or test in the 
client, then copy to server, etc...

I don't recall it can do fancy things as scoring, de-html, etc... For what I 
see in vircom site, the advantage of Sieve is that you, as a paying customer 
can contribute to vircom so other paying customers take advantage of your 
experience... I don't think it is nowhere near what spamassassin, razor, dcc 
do... openly and for free :-)

El 4 Jul 2003 a las 9:59, Peter Peters escribió:

> Sometimes other (not as good as) MailScanner replacements pop up. A few
> days ago (yes, I'm behind on my e-mail) my boss forwarded me an e-mail
> from/about Vircom/Sieve. Anybody any experience with this?
> It looks as if it does the same as MailScanner only they claim the have
> something called Sieve that is something "new". And it is update trough
> information gathered at 15 ISP's.
> --
> Peter Peters, senior netwerkbeheerder
> Dienst Informatietechnologie, Bibliotheek en Educatie (ITBE)
> Universiteit Twente,  Postbus 217,  7500 AE  Enschede
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Mariano Absatz
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