Email Spam Reports sent to recipients

Ugo Bellavance ugob at CAMO-ROUTE.COM
Thu Feb 26 10:42:58 GMT 2004

>-----Message d'origine-----
>De : Julian Rawcliffe [mailto:jrawcliffe at LONDON.EDU]
>Envoyé : 26 février, 2004 04:58
>Objet : Email Spam Reports sent to recipients
>This is probably a silly question, but I'm still stumped.
>We're running MailScanner 4.25-14 with SpamAssassin 2.63 and
>deliver identified Spam as an attachment (for server-side
>filtering). To identify whether a message is genuine spam
>I am also running SA 2.60 at home, without MailScanner. In this
>case, however, the spam reports sent with a message include the
>Spam report along with a human readable description of the spam:
>Content analysis details:   (106.6 points, 5.0 required)
> pts rule name              description
> 0.3 NO_REAL_NAME           From: does not include a real name
> 0.1 HTML_FONTCOLOR_UNKNOWN BODY: HTML font color is unknown to us
> 0.8 HTML_30_40             BODY: Message is 30% to 40% HTML
> 0.6 HTML_WEB_BUGS          BODY: Image tag intended to identify you
> 0.0 HTML_MESSAGE           BODY: HTML included in message
> 0.1 MIME_HTML_ONLY         BODY: Message only has text/html MIME parts
> 0.5 HTML_LINK_PUSH_HERE    BODY: HTML link text says "push here" or
> 0.1 HTML_FONTCOLOR_RED     BODY: HTML font color is red
> 1.3 MAILTO_SUBJ_REMOVE     BODY: mailto URI includes removal text
> 0.7 MIME_HTML_NO_CHARSET   RAW: Message text in HTML without charset
> 0.0 MAILTO_TO_REMOVE       URI: Includes a 'remove' email address
> 0.2 HTTP_WITH_EMAIL_IN_URL URI: 'remove' URL contains an email address
> 100 USER_IN_BLACKLIST      From: address is in the user's black-list
> 1.9 MIME_HEADER_CTYPE_ONLY 'Content-Type' found without required MIME
>To appease some of the more intolerant users it would be useful
>to have such detail included with the Spam reports sent out via
>MailScanner. I've looked through the MailScanner configuration and
>can't see anything that mentions the kind of report. Am I missing
>something stupid or do I need to dig deeper in the SA config?

Well, this isn't the first time such a question is asked, IIRC.  I think the usual answer is: "if you have time to read all this crap, you've got nothing to do" (or you're a sysadmin and you have access to it in your mail logs or in mailwatch).

I don't know how the "attachment" rule works, but with the "deliver" option, all this information is in the headers.  If one user is so much interrested in this highly-technical stuff, I bet he won't mind taking one extra step to get this info.


>Julian Rawcliffe
>London Business School, Sussex Place, Regents Park, London. NW1 4SA
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