Release 4.63.1 beta

Julian Field MailScanner at
Wed Aug 8 13:58:08 IST 2007

I have released a new beta, 4.63.1.

The main new feature is a live updated list of known bad phishing sites. 
The sites in this list have been manually tested and have been 
compromised or set up specifically as phishing sites. You should update 
your copy of this list once every hour. RPM installations of MailScanner 
will do this automatically.

Download as usual from

The full Change Log is this:

* New Features and Improvements *
1 Improved init.d script, so that 'service MailScanner restart' or
  '/etc/init.d/MailScanner restart' runs faster. It pauses for just long
  enough for the old MailScanner to die gracefully, and starts up the 
new one
  as soon as the old one has died. Previously, it just waited for a fixed
  length of time which was much longer than needed for most people.
1 Improved tar installer so the directory created for MailScanner 
includes the
  build revision number as well as the main version number.
1 Improved phishing net logging to log entire real URL not just hostname.
1 Improvement to update_spamassassin to stop cron-generated mail.
1 New setting "Phishing Bad Sites File" which is a live continuously-updated
  list of known bad sites that have been reported to various mechanisms 
  the world. Please don't ask me for more information as I can't give it to
  you, but every site on the list has been manually tested and the list 
can be
  relied upon. Your installation should update this file every hour.
  NOTE: Run upgrade_languages_conf after installing this upgrade!

* Fixes *
1 Improvement to phishing net to allow HTML tags with contents split over
  multiple lines.
1 Changed options to ClamAVmodule so it doesn't hit false positives with the
  phishing and scam email detection signatures.
1-2 Fixed bug where --lint gives "MailScanner.conf file not found" error.


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