Changing Precedence to junk
P.Holzleitner at UNIDO.ORG
Tue Jun 17 12:08:40 IST 2003
> WHY would you bounce spam?
Well, for example - we have a rather low highscore threshold and bounce
highscore spam. For the benefit of the two or three false positives per
week, the bounce message explain how they can send their mail in for
On the MailScanner machine, I use a mailertable entry to send incoming
mail to the internal server and point DS to a separate queue for the
bounces. At ~6000 messages a day with ~15-18% detected spam, that
junk queue has normally ~100-150 messages in it.
From: mike at CAMAROSS.NET [mailto:mike at CAMAROSS.NET]
Sent: Monday, June 09, 2003 4:32 PM
To: MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK
Subject: Re: Changing Precedence to junk
Mailman uses the precedence of either Bulk or List...can't remember
question is this...WHY would you bounce spam? The large percentage of
bounce more than likey comes from forged addresses. Therefore,
bounce them just generates more useless traffic on the net and your
> -----Original Message-----
> From: MailScanner mailing list
> [mailto:MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of Jeff A. Earickson
> Sent: Monday, June 09, 2003 8:45 AM
> To: MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK
> Subject: Re: Changing Precedence to junk
> 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>
> > To: 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 hgu.mrc.ac.uk
> > MRC Human Genetics Unit
> Tel. : +44-31-332-2471
> > Western General Hospital Fax. : +44-31-343-2620
> > Edinburgh, EH4 2XU, UK WWW : http://www.hgu.mrc.ac.uk
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