SV: rant about anti-virus and spam, MS flamed

Anders Andersson, IT anders.andersson at LTKALMAR.SE
Thu Jan 29 08:22:39 GMT 2004

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> Från: Matt Kettler [mailto:mkettler at EVI-INC.COM] 
> Skickat: den 29 januari 2004 00:37
> Ämne: Re: rant about anti-virus and spam, MS flamed
> At 06:09 PM 1/28/2004, Leonard Hermens wrote:
> > >Can you cite an example of when, at the present time, it is a good 
> > >idea to have a mailserver configured to auto respond to a 
> sender and 
> > >notify them that a message sent contained a live virus infection?
> >
> >Any virus or macro virus that is sent manually by the sender.
> I'll agree that is a particular email where it is good for a 
> server to autorespond.
> However, that's not an answer to the question.

As long as mailscanner will first scan for virus before it scans for file
types/names I dont mind if auto-responses are turned of for viruses. Maybe
its already doing that when I think about it?

> A mailserver can't be configured to tell the difference 
> between a manual send and an automated one, so your example 
> is a single isolated email example. I'm asking for a 
> situation where it's a good idea to configure your mailserver 
> in such a manner, not a single message case.
> Real world, real mailserver, present time, realistic 
> situation where it would be a good idea to have a server do 
> this. (ie: how can you do it on an automated basis without 
> inflicting casualties, and still reap some useful
> benefit.)

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