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Julian Field MailScanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Thu Dec 8 18:08:35 GMT 2005

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Glenn Steen wrote:

>You might also have a look at the Phishing net in MailScanner.... It
>is really worthwihile, and should be pretty easy to make not too prone
>to FP things...
One thing to note: if you are going to try out the phishing net, then 
please make sure you have a nice recent version of MailScanner. The 
phishing net develops continually to increase its effectiveness and 
reduce the false positives. A version 3 months old may well be nowhere 
near as good as the latest one. Please don't rate it unless you've tried 
something recent.

If you have plenty of spare server capacity, then you might want to give 
MCP a try. It has a large overhead cost but may help you if you don't 
want to mix this with the spam scanning at all. I would try the phishing 
net, then add a few SpamAssassin rules to catch it, and only go down the 
MCP route if you already use both low and high scoring spam actions and 
want to do something completely different with it. Even then you could 
write a Custom Function to deduce the spam action depending on exactly 
what SpamAssassin rules hit the message. A "delete" action if your 
custom SpamAssassin rules hit would be pretty easy to implement, and 
would work nice and fast.

Julian Field
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