MailScanner ANNOUNCE: 4.70.6 released

Julian Field MailScanner at
Wed Jun 18 10:47:48 IST 2008

Donnie D. Quindardo wrote:
> Hi Jules,
> Best of luck with the operation and future health. Thank you for your 
> help on my previous questions.
> One other thing that I've been pondering:
> - I currently use CentOS and was wondering if extracting the 
> mailscanner*.rpm from the stable download tar.gz file and running
> rpm -Uvh mailscanner*.rpm would be okay?
That all depends on what you have installed at the moment. If I were you 
I would just run
    ./ fast
and it will get through the install process pretty quickly.
> Julian Field wrote:
>> I have just released the latest stable version of MailScanner, 
>> version 4.70.6.
>> The main new features this time are:
>> - Now supports Mail::ClamAV 0.22, ClamAV 0.93.1, and SpamAssassin 3.2.5.
>> - New setting "Dont Sign HTML If Headers Exist" to provide finer 
>> control over placement of HTML signatures.
>> - All known problems with Watermarks fixed.
>> - Improvements to filename and filetype checks to allow for common 
>> mistakes in filename patterns.
>> - Added "ID Header" setting to allow the X-MailScanner-ID: header to 
>> be customised or removed.
>> - Minor improvements to the phishing net.
>> - Improvement to checking of "Sophos Allowed Error Messages".
>> Download as usual from
>> The full Change Log is this:
>> * New Features and Improvements *
>> 1 Improvement to OLE document unpacking code, more likely to extract 
>> embedded
>>  files correctly.
>> 1 Added new setting "Dont Sign HTML If Headers Exist" to provide 
>> finer control
>>  over placement of HTML signatures. If any of the named headers exist in
>>  the message, the message is deemed to be a "reply", and so the HTML
>>  signature is not attached. By default this functionality is switched 
>> off
>>  by not specifying any header names.
>> 2 Improvement to Filename and Filetype checks to catch mistakenly 
>> starting a
>>  regular expression with a "*" on its own, as in "*.pdf" or just "*".
>> 2 Improved message reporting when Sophos finds password-protected zip 
>> archives.
>> 2 Now supports Mail::ClamAV 0.22 for ClamAV 0.93. You will need to 
>> upgrade your
>>  ClamAV+SpamAssassin installation, using the download package I provide.
>> 3 Improved update_bad_phishing_sites to support proxy_* environment 
>> variables.
>>  Thanks to Heinz.Knutzen at for this.
>> 3 Improved upgrade_MailScanner_conf for ClamAV 0.93 and Mail::ClaAV 
>> 0.22.
>> 3 Removed URIBL additions from spam.assassin.prefs.conf. They are in
>>  SpamAssassin by default now.
>> 3 Improvements to handling of Watermarks to resolve various problems 
>> with them.
>> 3 Upgraded to ClamAV 0.93.1 in ClamAV+SpamAssassin easy-to-install 
>> package.
>> 4 Added "-w" to suggested "diff" command in upgrade_MailScanner_conf. 
>> Thanks
>>  to Anthony Cartmell for this idea.
>> 6 Changed Watermarking, so it only checks if there was a SMTP client 
>> IP address
>>  as we don't want to block messages we generated on the MailScanner 
>> server.
>> 6 Added "ID Header" setting so that you can choose whether or not you 
>> want
>>  the header showing the MailScanner message id value. If you don't 
>> want the
>>  header then set this to be blank.
>> 6 Minor improvement to link detection in the phishing net.
>> * Fixes *
>> 2 Silly mistake fixed in "Dont Sign HTML If Headers Exist" feature.
>> 2 Fixed output text error in upgrade_MailScanner_conf.
>> 3 Bugfixes to Watermark handling and logging.
>> 4 More fixes to Watermark handling.
>> 5 More fixes to Watermark handling, and a minor header change.
>> 6 Made check for Sophos Allowed Error Messages case-insensitive.
>> Jules


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