New Feature Request: Delayed Attachment Delivery

Jeff A. Earickson jaearick at COLBY.EDU
Sat Feb 28 19:00:55 GMT 2004

Aaarrgh...  Personally, I hate challenge-response type emails and
I refuse to play that game.  Challenging email above ham and below
high spam seems to a bonehead move to me.  Most of it is spam, a lot
of it does not have a valid return address, and you want to send
a challenge there??!!  Talk about making a mess of your mail queue.
Julian, please stamp out the idea of challenge email now.

While having a "pipe" option along with deliver, delete, forward for
the actions menu is a generally good idea, it could be dangerous
security-wise, just like the "pipe" action in sendmail is (hence the
reason for smrsh).  You have to sure that your downstream process
is secure, and not misused (like challenge).  Julian would be the
poor soul blamed for such misues, and he doesn't deserve it.

Jeff Earickson
Colby College

On Sat, 28 Feb 2004, Nick Nelson wrote:

> Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 13:50:11 -0500
> From: Nick Nelson <nnelson at 1SEO.NET>
> Reply-To: MailScanner mailing list <MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK>
> Subject: Re: New Feature Request:  Delayed Attachment Delivery
> David H. wrote
> >
> > But I would strongly advise against this. There are situations where it
> > is perfectly valid for someone to request a zipped file and they need it
> > now, not in 2 hours. So maybe there has to be a trade off somewhere, I
> > do not know :)
> I'm going to go out on a limb here, and combine this thread with the
> thread on TMDA intragration. It'd be great if for example, all file
> attachments could be challenged, basically maybe if email has a file
> attachment challenge it with TMDA, or even like the other poster said,
> if scores is below X (X = Top threshold where you delete email.) and
> above Y (Y=Threshold where if below, decided email is Ham)
> This way if the mail is legit, as long as the person challenged
> responds, it gets through quickly.
> Definitely pushing it, but like you said..just spilling ideas ;)

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