Seemingly unscanned mail weirdness...

Peter Bates Peter.Bates at LSHTM.AC.UK
Fri Jan 16 18:04:40 GMT 2004

Hello all (obviously not the birthday boy, of course :) ...)

Had a rash of spammy stuff today from 'x at', where
x is the usual sort of randomly generated stuff.
I've now resorted to address verification for this domain, but was
still intrigued by one email passed to me from a member of staff...

We're running MS 4.25, SA 2.61, with Postfix (2-something or other)...

According to our MUA (Novell GroupWise is where the mail eventually
ends up), the entire content of the message is:

Return-path: <crhfcdirahaei at>
Received: from
        ( [])
        by; Fri, 16 Jan 2004 17:24:18 +0000
Received: from
( [])
        by (Postfix) with SMTP id 2D901156066
        for <brian.furner at>; Fri, 16 Jan 2004 17:23:57 +0000
Received: from [] by 3001hosting.comIP with HTTP;
        Fri, 16 Jan 2004 12:14:27 +0600
From: postmaster at
Message-Id: <20040116172357.2D901156066 at>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 17:23:57 +0000 (GMT)
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

crhfcdirahaei at

... what I'm curious about is the total lack of any MailScanner mention
here, and this should have definitely passed through (in fact, there
isn't really a mechanism whereby it doesn't pass through MS).

Is our MUA not reporting the entire content here, or is the 'To:
undisclosed-recipients:;' being used in a tricksy fashion?


Peter Bates, Systems Support Officer, Network Support Team.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Telephone:0207-958 8353 / Fax: 0207- 636 9838

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