Configuration option being overwritten
MailScanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Sat Apr 11 18:19:46 IST 2009
The reason I had to do this was that I had to change the location of the
default 1x1 pixel image at one point, and so I had to overwrite people's
setting of this value even if they already had it set to something.
I have never removed this as I still get people using the old value, and
I want them to be moved to the new value if they upgrade.
I can assure you that there are no cookies tracking you or anything
else, but yes, it does mean that I get to see the IP address of anyone
viewing a message that has been disarmed by MailScanner. I don't keep
that information secret, go to the very bottom of www.mailscanner.info
and you will see the clustrmaps generated from the data. I only use the
data to see what countries use MailScanner, that's all.
I appreciate that your setting will get overwritten on every MailScanner
upgrade, but you are I think the first person to ever complain about
this. No-one else ever appears to bother changing the default value.
Having the image point at my servers mean I have to supply the bandwidth
required to serve all these images, and not you, so most people are
grateful that I'm taking load off their servers. The image is served up
by an "anycast" network, so is extremely powerful and robust.
Sorry, but you'll have to continue to override my setting when you
upgrade. It's a 1-liner in Perl to change this setting with a script.
On 10/4/09 01:39, dantian.ap at optusnet.com.au wrote:
> We have problem with Web Bug Replacement option
> We set it to our intranet but mailscanner replaces it with its setting again, every upgrade!
> I think is a bug, as if we set to custom it should stay custom like all other custom sets
> Why I think so?
> This setting is to prevent third party knowing if message read and privacy, and maybe other reasons.
> All mailscanner is doing is change the third party to itself, so mailscanner gets see hits and IP's this I feel good for default for those not wanting to set local, but bad, very bad when it replaces custom intranet with itself again every time, defeats most purpose, please I ask for this bug to be fixed.
> Dantian Apreuvianty
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