Why is MS doing spam checks first?

Kai Schaetzl maillists at CONACTIVE.COM
Thu Dec 1 21:31:18 GMT 2005

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Remco Barendse wrote on         Thu, 1 Dec 2005 13:28:51 +0100:

> 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 
> on spamass which is putting more and more mail servers to a grinding halt

You can reject almost 100% of all viruses without even Mailscanner working. 
Just reject on MTA level based on zombie and DUHL RBL lists and/or use 
greylisting. The only viruses you will get are those bounced by real 


Kai Schätzl, Berlin, Germany
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