Beta release 4.55.6

Julian Field MailScanner at
Fri Jun 23 16:52:14 IST 2006

I have just released a new beta 4.55.6.

New changes since the last beta are:
- "--changed" or "-c" command-line option. This prints a table of the  
MailScanner.conf settings that are not the same as the default values  
hard-coded into MailScanner. Very useful for analysing setups and  
finding mistakes.
- Better handling of broken Custom Functions. Trying to evaluate  
these will now just cause the setting to return its default value  
instead of breaking.

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as usual.

The full Change Log is this:

* New Features and Improvements *
1 Added and to for less strict  
phishing net.
1 Code tidy up in Message constructor.
1 Speed improvements to ZMailer attachment extraction to keep up with  
   other MTAs.
1 "Log Speed = no" now does what it says on the tin. (UK in-joke :-)
1 Added "stopms" option to Linux init.d scripts.
1 Improved behaviour when %percentvars% at start of MailScanner.conf  
have not
   been configured at all. It now uses the fully-qualified hostname  
to guess
   the domain name and website address. It used to refuse to run  
which was
   very impolite.
1 Added Sys::Hostname::Long to list of required modules to implement  
the above.
2 Documentation rationalisation. Most up to date versions are all on  
the web.
3 Now output lock type in use with "--lint".
4 Improvement to Sophos.install for Sophos Version 5 so that email  
logging is
4 Now use syslog "notice" priority instead of "info" when issuing  
   that are nearly warnings. This helps you drastically reduce the  
amount of
   syslog output by just logging priorities greater than or equal to  
5 Added a "Contact Us" web page instead of just a mailto: link.
6 Improved Help guidance in Contact Us web page.
6 New command-line option: "-c" or "--changed".
   This will print out a table of all the configuration settings that  
   been changed from the default values hard-coded into MailScanner.  
   this may not be quite the same as the differences from the supplied
   default MailScanner.conf file.
6 Updated hard-coded defaults to better match MailScanner.conf settings.
6 Improved handling of broken Custom Functions. Having a broken Custom
   Function will now just result in the setting's default value being  

* Fixes *
1 Put back in the checks of free disk space that were in 4.53.1 but  
then lost.
1 Fix in check_MailScanner for MacOSX.
3 Default lock type for sendmail is now posix, as it should be.
4 Fix to phishing net so that links to "" are accepted  
as legal.
6 Fixed problem with dangerous filenames in TNEF archives when using the
   external TNEF expander.

Julian Field
MailScanner at

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