Can I inform recipients about a quarantined virus?

Kai Schaetzl maillists at
Tue Dec 2 14:33:34 GMT 2008

Ugo Bellavance wrote on Tue, 02 Dec 2008 08:09:35 -0500:

> You can do it but it is a very bad idea, as a lot of viruses are sent 
> with forged address.

It might be a bad idea, but I can't see why it should be a bad idea for 
this reason. It's obvious that you don't want to alert faked *senders*, 
but he asked about recipients. In my eyes it doesn't make sense to inform 
recipients of a *detected* virus either, but it may make sense to notify 
*recipients* of "other bad content" (only if it didn't get detected as a 
virus at the same time) as it may actually be something they wanted to 
receive. Actually, I wouldn't be sure how to handle that if I wanted to.


Kai Schätzl, Berlin, Germany
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