Changing Precedence to junk

Jeff A. Earickson jaearick at COLBY.EDU
Mon Jun 9 14:44:34 IST 2003


It would be good if the mailscanner virus warning messages went out
as 'Precedence: bulk'.  I'm getting to the point where I don't care if
mailscanner sends out the warning messages at all -- most go to the
wrong person and are useless.  Whenever we write web-based email
apps that generate email, we always stick the 'Precedence: bulk'
stuff into the mailer scripts, to cut down on bounced emails.

--- Jeff Earickson

On Mon, 9 Jun 2003, John Ireland wrote:

> Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2003 12:36:18 +0100
> From: John Ireland <J.Ireland at HGU.MRC.AC.UK>
> Reply-To: MailScanner mailing list <MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK>
> Subject: Changing  Precedence to junk
> I spoke to Julian about this last week at at the JANET-CERT meeting in
> London and I thought I would mail the list to see what others thought of
> the idea.
> Our mail queue is continually filled with auto responder mail replying
> to spam messages.  These messages either time out or bounce, spamming
> the user with more useless information.
> Most auto responders, such as vacation, will not respond to mail with
> the 'Precedence: bulk' or 'Precedence: junk' line is included in the
> header.  So giving mailscanner the option of changing the 'Precedence:'
> header to junk would give a simple centrally managed solution.
> I know there are other solutions - ban auto responders,  write a
> procmail wrapper for vacation, or hack the vacation code.   But there
> are users that need to use auto responders and there are auto responders
> over which the mail administrator has no control.
> Also, I know of no other program, other than 'vacation', that uses the
> 'Precedence:' header.
> --
> John Ireland                      Email: mailto:J.Ireland at
> MRC Human Genetics Unit           Tel. : +44-31-332-2471
> Western General Hospital          Fax. : +44-31-343-2620
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