MailScanner content scanning for keywords
dstraka at caspercollege.edu
Fri Jul 15 21:24:24 IST 2005
Julian, and list,
I know you're all getting tired of my postings so I'll make this my last
intrusion on this topic.
I don't want to offend anyone on this list, but the comments sent back
about my suggestion (see bottom) are a bit programmer-anal. How
about just keeping it simple? A nice simple line file delimited by quotes
or whatever character, like:
" viagra "
" vagara "
" cialis "
"sweeter tasting sperm" (this one offended many, damn spammers)
" cum "
" porn "
" ejaculation "
" orgasms "
This is the kind of content that gets through to my users. None of this
needs to arrive in a mailbox. I don't really care about assigning a
"score" to spam like SpamAssassin does, I want to delete messages
that contian words or phrases like this. These aren't going to match
any other words or phrases since they have spaces before and after
single words and it's simple. Mail admins don't have to write a line of
"code" to enable a keyword rule.
How about the email with a spoofed Reply-to field that
spam.blacklist.rules can't touch...but...the from address is the one we
really need to be blacklisting? This would work great!
Since you already have an option to scan the messages for potentially
dangerous content, I think it would be very useful to have an option to
scan the messages for offensive text based on a file which contains a
list of offensive words and the message deleted if found. I understand
it would not have the scoring capabilities that SA has, but honestly, any
email arriving here with the word viagra in it would never be missed!
Could this be a future enhancement?
Academic Systems Specialist
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