Recipient logic when attachments are stripped

Julian Field MailScanner at
Sat Feb 26 11:44:23 GMT 2005

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James Gray wrote:

>On Sat, 26 Feb 2005 09:34 am, Julian Field wrote:
>>James Gray wrote:
>>>Got a interesting one, that is probably a quick answer.  Yesterday we had
>>>a message come in addressed "To:  <distribution-list>", "Cc:
>>><another-list>". Both lists are on the Exchange server which is protected
>>>by the MS server in front of it.  Now the message had an attachment with
>>>a double extension which was caught and quarantined (good).  However, the
>>>list in the "Cc" didn't get the message (so I'm told).  Now this could be
>>>people attempting to cover their a$$ but the fact they raised a trouble
>>>ticket (which means they will be found out if they're telling porkies)
>>>casts some doubt on that theory.
>>>So my question is; does MailScanner drop the Cc/Bcc list when a problem
>>>with a message is detected, or does it honour the recipient list?
>>MailScanner doesn't even look at the To: CC: and Bcc: headers, it uses
>>the recipients in the envelope which will include all three.
>>Julian Field
>Awesome.  This is what I always assumed, but when you have "C-level"
>management swearing they didn't receive a message all because of my mail
>filter, you tend to doubt yourself :P  I saw the mail log with MS just
>forwarding it on sans offending attachment to sendmail which then delivered
>it to the Exchange box, but manglement were still swearing.... you get the
>Thanks for your super-quick response ... I'm really starting to feel guilty
>about not buying the book yet :-/
:-) Time for you to buy a copy...

>  Do you still have that wish list over at
I certainly do. There is a link to it on the "Donations" page linked
Many thanks for anything you might choose to buy me!

Julian Field
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