ANNOUNCE: unstable version 4.27.1 released

Julian Field mailscanner at
Wed Feb 11 16:30:35 GMT 2004

At 16:09 11/02/2004, you wrote:
>Anyone with an SA rule that can give this spam bounce a high score and
>drop it ;-)  It can go with the rules for dropping the "you are
>infected" messages.

Something like this should do the trick:

header MAILSCANNER_BOUNCE Subject =~ /\{Bounce\}/i
describe MAILSCANNER_BOUNCE Automated bounce message from MailScanner

Put that in your spam.assassin.prefs.conf and restart MailScanner.

>-----Original Message-----
>From: MailScanner mailing list [mailto:MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On
>Behalf Of Julian Field
>Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 10:07 AM
>Subject: ANNOUNCE: unstable version 4.27.1 released
>What a day...
>I have just released version 4.27.1. This has not had much testing, I
>hope some of you will help with that.
>The "bounce" spam action is back, but is hard to abuse. Please read
>If you want to find all the restrictions on its use, do a "Luke" and use
>the source.
>I have also fixed a bunch of other things, which are in the ChangeLog
>I am never going to manage to satisfy all of you with this "bounce"
>problem. However, my best idea is to come up with a compromise that will
>hopefully satisfy most of you, then put it out there and see. So that's
>what I have done. There will always be people who want to bounce all
>spam back to the purported sender, and I think they are 99% wrong.
>However if they can't do it with MailScanner they will just go and use
>something else that does let them do it. So I am letting them, but under
>plenty of restrictions.
>I'm not sure this is a decision that I can make to everyone's
>This is not a completely one-sided argument, I can see both sides
>however weak or strong I consider anyone's case.
>Here endeth the sermon.
>Download as usual from
>The Change Log is this:
>* New Features and Improvements *
>- Improved Linux init.d scripts so that postfix and settings
>    used throughout the init.d script.
>- Added support for F-Secure 4.52.
>- When lots of consecutive SpamAssassin timeouts occur, all network
>    are now stopped, not just RBL checks.
>- Added support for Qmail. You will need the contents of
>- Added Exim d2mbox to distribution.
>- Improved logging output from Trend autoupdater.
>- Improved logging output from Trend parser.
>- Added old and new queue ids for Postfix to make for easy message
>- Portuguese Brazilian reports are now all translated.
>- Added "Enable Spam Bounce" ruleset for selectively switching on
>    to bounce spam from your most important customers.
>- Fixed small bug in Exim d2mbox script for very long headers.
>* Fixes *
>- Fixed bug in "Rebuild Bayes Every" feature on Solaris.
>- Exim bug with empty Subject headers being corrupted fixed.
>- Outstanding: Quarantining warning message bug - cannot reproduce on
>any OS
>- Outstanding: Exim multiple ACLs - Awaiting Nick or Tony's response
>Julian Field
>MailScanner thanks transtec Computers for their support
>PGP footprint: EE81 D763 3DB0 0BFD E1DC 7222 11F6 5947 1415 B654

Julian Field
MailScanner thanks transtec Computers for their support

PGP footprint: EE81 D763 3DB0 0BFD E1DC 7222 11F6 5947 1415 B654

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