DSNs from bigfoot.com are quarantined

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Tue Aug 26 16:09:22 IST 2008

On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 02:28:22PM -0700, Scott Silva wrote:
> <snip>
> >
> >If only the Content-Type: message/partial part were removed, it would
> >still be possible for automated bounce recognition software to recognize
> >the DSN. Is there some reason why the entire message needs to be removed
> >and not just the message/partial part?
> >
> MailScanner breaks the message apart to scan it, but it only either sends 
> or doesn't send the original message. It doesn't re-assemble it with bits 
> and pieces. What if it assembled it wrong? What about signatures?
> If you tamper with a message, you broke it.

One of us is not understanding the other.

The message I'm talking about has multiple MIME parts, one of which has
a (bogus) message/partial Content-Type:.

I understand why MailScanner doesn't like the message/partial part.
What I am asking is why does MailScanner quarantine the entire message
instead of just the message/partial part. It clearly does this for other
message parts it doesn't like such as attached files with 'bad' names.

Thinking about this a bit more, perhaps the answer to my question is
that MailScanner only removes just 'attachments' if there is a text/plain
part in which to insert the

Warning: This message has had one or more attachments removed
Warning: <list of names>
Warning: Please read ...

lines. Or perhaps it only removes just 'attachments' if they have names.

In any case, the answer is not that MailScanner makes no alterations to
delivered messages.

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