image spam again :)

Michael Mansour micoots at
Tue Aug 25 09:03:57 IST 2009

Hi Jonas,

> From: Jonas A. Larsen <jonas at>
> Subject: RE: image spam again :)
> To: "'MailScanner discussion'" <mailscanner at>
> Received: Tuesday, 25 August, 2009, 4:18 PM
> > > we are seeing a lot of
> image spam again. we are running sa update and
> > > the image tings they publish / and
> others. But lately a lot
> > > is getting through.
> > >
> > 
> > I hadn't noticed... use and
> at SMTP time
> > along with 15 mins of greylisting for unknown
> hosts.  Problem solved.
> > 
> > Regards,
> > Steve.
> Mmmm well let's be frank Steve, that’s just simply
> entirely untrue :)
> The past weeks have seen a rise in image based spam, where
> many of them (the
> ones that doesn’t hit obvious rbl's etc) slip by even ocr
> plugins etc.
> If you take a look at the SA list you can see lots of
> people are seeing this
> new bunch of image spams and pretty penetrating.
> So far there's no sure fire way of stopping it if you are
> to judge by the sa
> users responses.
> I use spamhaus and spamcop in mta and greylist, and I've
> gotten a few of
> them myself.
> Many of them use the so called "flag" method where the
> image looks "wavy"
> like a flag, which is probably whats disabling the ocr
> techniques.
> If anybody got any advice I'd love to hear it.

From my end, I haven't noticed any image spam getting through. But, I use SaneSecurity clam signatures which import the MSRBL image spam definitions, so maybe that is why?

I don't have time to go through the virus infected emails, but I'd suggest if you don't use SaneSecurity signatures in ClamAV, you should.



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