image spam again :)

Richard Mealing richard at
Thu Aug 27 12:16:58 IST 2009

Hi Martin,


Thanks for this, sorry if I'm being stupid, but I'm using freebsd and
I've updated my port tree, however I don't see the latest version in
there - 


less distinfo

MD5 (MailScanner-install-4.60.5-1.tar.gz) =

SHA256 (MailScanner-install-4.60.5-1.tar.gz) =

SIZE (MailScanner-install-4.60.5-1.tar.gz) = 7704758


Can this be updated?




From: mailscanner-bounces at
[mailto:mailscanner-bounces at] On Behalf Of Martin
Sent: 27 August 2009 09:20
To: MailScanner discussion
Subject: Re: image spam again :)



from changelog in latest beta.

3 Swapped over virus-scanning and spam-scanning code completely, so all

  virus-scanning code is done before spam-scanning code. It won't virus-

  scan "Silent Viruses" which is pretty much all of them now, so it

  work okay. This allows me to introduce...

3 New feature to allow detection of "spam-viruses" which are items of

  that are reported by your virus scanner. You can set 2 new


  Spam-Virus Header = X-%org-name%-MailScanner-SpamVirus-Report:

  Virus Names Which Are Spam = Sane*UNOFFICIAL HTML/*

  The names of the "spam-viruses" found are those viruses reported by

  virus scanners which match any of the strings given in "Virus Names

  Are Spam". These "spam-virus" names are added to the header set by

  "Spam-Virus Header". You can then write a SpamAssassin rule in

  spam.assassin.prefs.conf which gives a score for the presence or

  of this header. I supply an example rule which adds a score of 3 if

  header exists. Feel free to re-write and extend that rule! It will not

  unless you customise it. You could even write a "SpamAssassin Rule

  to handle this rule specially!

I think does want you want.

Martin Hepworth
Oxford, UK

2009/8/27 Richard Mealing <richard at>

Hi Michael,

I am using that sanesecurity and it's great (thanks for the heads up),
however I was wondering if there is a way to forward on the spam mail to
the recipient, like spamassassins mail it goes off as per the ruleset,
but because this is clamav catching the spam it gets quarantined.

Any thoughts?

Many thanks,

-----Original Message-----
From: mailscanner-bounces at
[mailto:mailscanner-bounces at] On Behalf Of Michael

Sent: 25 August 2009 09:04
To: MailScanner discussion
Subject: RE: image spam again :)

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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