Feature concept... "noisy viruses"?

Matt Kettler mkettler at EVI-INC.COM
Wed Feb 18 16:24:59 GMT 2004

The debates on the merits of virus notifications go back and forth all the
time, but that aside, I'm curious if an inversion of MailScanner's current
"silent viruses" feature has ever been considered.

Right now, I've got MailScanner set to never notify senders of viruses. I
do this to save myself from the hassle of having to rush and update the
"silent viruses" list every time a new worm hits the net.

However, there are a few (albeit somewhat rare here) viruses which don't
forge senders, or are pure file infectors without mass-mail capacity. Some
question the merits of notifying senders of these as well, but at least in
these cases one can argue that the notification is at least correct and
could prove useful.

I propose it would be useful to have a feature in which I can declare which
viruses should have a notification sent, instead of declaring a list of
which ones should not.

This gives me the benefit of not puking on other networks when new viruses
come out, as new viruses wouldn't be on the notify list until I manually
added it. Yet it does offer the ability to notify senders of viruses of a
specific list of viruses which are known to not use forgery.

I've not seen a discussion of this before, but I could have missed it in my
scan of my archives.

Any comments, considerations that I may have overlooked?

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