MailScanner seems broken on FreeBSD using perl > 5.8.8

mog lists at
Wed May 6 12:48:10 IST 2009

Johan Hendriks wrote:
>> Greetings everyone,
>> I've just recently upgraded to MailScanner version MailScanner-4.75.11 
>> using perl-5.8.9_2 on a FreeBSD 7.1 system, and sadly the server is 
>> unable to process mail. When MailScanner tries to run it reports the 
>> following type of error:
>> MailScanner[42585]: Could not use Custom Function code 
>> /usr/local/lib/MailScanner/MailScanner/CustomFunctions/, it 
>> could not be "require"d. Make sure the last line is "1;" and the module 
>> is correct with perl -wc (Error: Insecure dependency in require while 
>> running with -T switch at 
>> /usr/local/lib/MailScanner/MailScanner/ line 623.)
>> The same error is reported for all of the following functions: 
>> A helpful fellow suggested I check with some perl people to see what the 
>> -T switch of perl means, and then ask on the mailing list for some more 
>> information. Some perl people said the -T is a 'taint mode' designed to 
>> perform additional safety/sanity checks on the code, and apparently the 
>> Function modules are using, or "require"-ing, some user provided data; 
>> which is all in turn causing MailScanner to break on FreeBSD systems 
>> running perl versions higher than 5.8.8. This has the effect of 
>> preventing any FreeBSD servers running MailScanner from being able to be 
>> updated - kind of crippling them :(
>> Unfortunately I don't know enough about perl or what MailScanner is 
>> doing with these functions in order to solve the problem and make 
>> MailScanner work on FreeBSD again. If anyone could please help with this 
>> it would be greatly appreciated.
>> Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
>> Regards,
>> Moggie.
> You can do 2 things.
> 1  revert back to perl 5.8.8, it will all work like it should after going back to 5.8.8
> 2 Upgrade to 5.10.x see /usr/port/UPDATING how to upgrade your perl to 5.10
> With perl 5.10 things will start to work again.
> I had the same issue, on my servers i am running MailScanner-4.75.11 with perl-5.10.x
> This is on 8.0 and 7.x systems, both i386 and amd64.
> I would go for option 2
> Regards,
> Johan Hendriks
> Double L Automatisering  

Ahhh, cool thanks, I'll give that a go now.

Yeah reverting back to 5.8.8 was necessary when the problem was first 
encountered, but it's not really an option for a long term solution. 
I'll upgrade to 5.10 and see how it goes.

With thanks,

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