ANNOUNCE: Stable Release 4.25-11

Steve Hickel smhickel at CHARTERMI.NET
Sat Nov 29 17:52:45 GMT 2003

Thanks Julian.


Julian Field wrote:

> G'Day all!
> I have just released the latest stable version 4.25-11.
> Some of the most important new features in this release are
> -- the ability to "disarm" dangerous HTML tags, while leaving the bulk of
> the message intact;
> -- a means to throttle SMTP connections from hosts which are deluging you
> with spam or viruses. You set the limit on the number of messages to
> receive per hour from any given host, and mail above that limit will be
> refused in the SMTP connection (sendmail only at the moment, sorry).
> -- the ability to set the permissions and ownership of temporary working
> files and the quarantine. This means that external systems such as a web
> server can access and manage the quarantine on behalf of your users,
> without the need for any risky setuid scripts.
> Download as usual from
> The full ChangeLog for this release is here:
> 29/11/2003 New in Version 4.25-11
> =================================
> * New Features and Improvements *
> - Added support for "disarm" option on all HTML tag detectors, which will
>   disarm those tags while leaving the rest of the HTML intact.
> - Added support for more ways of specifying IP ranges in rulesets.
>   Can now do all of:
>         152.78
>         152.78.
>         /^152\.78/
> - Added support for retrieving configuration from LDAP.
> - Added support for changing uid, gid and permissions of both Incoming
> Work
>   Dir and Quarantine Dir.
> - Added facility to limit the size of any individual attachment.
> - Added support for DrWeb virus scanner, courtesy of Konrad Madej
>   <kmadej at>.
> - Added support for Mail::ClamAV perl module, enabling ClamAV to scan
> without
>   having to call any external programs at all.
> - Panda version 7.0 supported.
> - Improved ClamAV parser to handle errors printed when processing viruses
>   containing corrupted zip files.
> - Improved F-Prot output parser.
> - Added inoculan autoupdater courtesy of "W-Mark Kubacki"
> <wmark at>.
> - Improved bitdefender-autoupdate script to support BitDefender 7 rather
> better.
> - Greatly improved IPBlock code that throttles incoming SMTP connections
>   when a host sends too many messages per hour. Now support netblocks
> in all
>   sorts of different formats, and is enormously faster than previous
> code.
>   It works much more reliably and effectively too. See
> - Changed SpamAssassin timeout handler to kill processes and not
> process group.
> - Improved documentation in virus.scanners.conf.
> - Improved documentation of "disarm" configuration settings.
> - Added optimisation to LDAP ruleset compiler that identifies 1-line
> rulesets
>   which hold the default value.
> - Improved Linux script so it spots *.rpmnew files in amongst
>   -wrapper and -autoupdate scripts.
> - Added 'spamblacklisted' message property for use by MailWatch.
> - Added a new Custom Function to provide multiple outgoing queues for
> spam,
>   high-scoring spam, and real email.
> - Improved Linux init.d script so the "restart" delay is configurable in
>   /etc/sysconfig/MailScanner as that is preserved across upgrades.
> - Improved error message when unknown virus scanner name is used.
> - Added SORBS RBLs to spam.lists.conf.
> - Added some subject line sanity checks to cope with Outlook's bizarre
>   behaviour.
> - Added speed logging of different parts of the processing of a batch.
>   See the new "Log Speed" configuration setting.
> - Changed error handling in ruleset parser so it doesn't die if it finds
>   syntax errors, it now just warns you instead.
> - Improved syntax checking of rules in configuration ruleset files.
> * Fixes*
> - RPM distribution script now checks and creates pod2text
> properly.
> - Fixed bug whereby the same message files could be deleted more than
> once,
>   which could delete unprocessed messages using MTAs that name files
> after
>   the inode and not the time.
> - Syslogging should now start successfully on all versions of Solaris
> and IRIX.
> - Bug fix in Postfix file handling code from Stefan Baltus which will
>   hopefully patch up the last Solaris Postfix problem.
> - Fixed bug causing uid+gid to be ignored when quarantining whole
> messages.
> - Fixed bug causing Maximum Message Size not to be enforced properly.
> - Fixed bug where sender of bulk precedence mail would be sent some
> warnings
>   if their mail was identified as spam.
> --
> Julian Field
> Professional Support Services at
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