Why is MS doing spam checks first?

Remco Barendse mailscanner at BARENDSE.TO
Thu Dec 1 14:06:07 GMT 2005

On Thu, 1 Dec 2005, David H. wrote:

> Remco Barendse wrote:
>> I am getting flooded with these stupid "you visit illegal websites" crap
>> as well as the login/pass scam mails
>> All are about 75 Kb in size and contain a zip file with an .exe
>> The body of those mails is almost empty, there is just this one zip file.
>> Still it is causing my mailserver to overflow and spamass starts to time
>> out
>> I would assume the zipfiles contain a virus / trojan, but why isn't MS
>> doing virus and filename checks first? It would save a lot of cpu cycles
> I am sorry to be an ass. But this has been discussed over and over again,
> please check the archives of this mailing list and you shall be answered in
> abundance :)

You are excused ;)

But I think that the last few months SpamAss has turned out to be more of 
a cpu+mem hog than any other check you would be doing on an e-mail.

I think that any virusscanner will have scanned the average message in 
less than half a second wheras SpamAss is taking several seconds at least

Sorry if my message was unclear but maybe it's time to switch priorities?


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