New beta release 4.81.2

Hostmaster Hostmaster at
Tue Aug 3 15:23:32 IST 2010

At the risk of jinxing it, I do have to jump to MailScanner's defence and say
that in three years of updating MailScanner on a system which handles 25-30,000
emails a day, I am yet to encounter an issue during an upgrade.

Perhaps I have just been lucky, or you have been especially unlucky?

Kind Regards,

-----Original Message-----
From: mailscanner-bounces at
[mailto:mailscanner-bounces at] On Behalf Of Peter Ong
Posted At: 03 August 2010 15:07
Posted To: Hostmaster
Conversation: New beta release 4.81.2
Subject: Re: New beta release 4.81.2

> 4 Improved "file" command output processing so it stops at 1st "," to
> reduce false alarms greatly.

When I was a kid, my mom would take me to Bank of America, and I would marvel at
how complicated the computers and their networks must have been in order to keep
track of every single transaction for every single customer. Then, I got to work
for a bank for 6 years as the person responsible for the money transfer system.
Now I fear putting money in any bank, especially that one.

MailScanner took me a few weeks to tame what with all the "file" command issues
we had. Now that I'm seeing the behind the scenes of the upgrade and I'm still
licking my wounds, I dread this upgrade.


----- Original Message -----

> From: "Julian Field" <MailScanner at>
> To: "MailScanner discussion" <mailscanner at>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:33:56 AM
> Subject: New beta release 4.81.2
> I have just released a new beta, with the intention of it becoming a 
> stable release Real Soon Now(tm).
> Since 4.79, quite a few things have happened:
> * New Features and Improvements *
> 1 Upgraded AVG support to AVG version 8. Support no longer guaranteed
> for older versions.
> 2 Installers no longer over-write in SpamAssassin 
> directory if the file or link exists.
> 3 Added support for McAfee version 6. Use the virus scanner name 
> "mcafee6" to get this support. Many thanks to Phil Randal and Michael
> Miller for all their hard work on this.
> 4 Improved "file" command output processing so it stops at 1st "," to
> reduce false alarms greatly.
> 5 Added facility for over-riding MailScanner.conf settings and 
> rulesets with those held in an SQL database.
>    New settings are:
>    DB DSN, DB Username, DB Password, SQL Serial Number, SQL Quick 
> Peek, SQL Config, SQL Ruleset, SQL SpamAssassin Config, SQL Debug.
>    See the MailScanner.conf file for more details.
> 5 Added dependency "Sys::SigAction" Perl modules to installers.
> 6 Updated to Archive::Zip 1.30 and added Compress::Raw::Zlib 
> dependency.
> 1 Slight improvement to check_mailscanner script to send some output 
> to /dev/null for Greg Kuhnert.
> 2 "Scan Messages = virus" will *only* scan mail for viruses and 
> nothing else at all. This makes simple setups where you only want 
> virus scanning a whole lot easier to set up.
> * Fixes *
> 1 A minor rewrite of a bit of the TNEF code to handle some systems'
> odd
> opinions about tainting data.
> 1 Minor tweak to avoid warning about insecure dependency in 
> 2 Fixed documentation for "Allow Multiple HTML Signatures" setting.
> 3 Fixed "MailScanner --lint" to not throw an erroneous error message 
> about "MSlint" directory permissions.
> 3 Fixed error in MIME boundary checking that stopped a few very rare 
> cases being checked.
> 5 Fixed issue where zip files in messages were unpacked with incorrect
> permissions.
> 5-2 Fixed bug introduced in 5-1.
> 7 Fixed ruleset-from-function bug introduced in 5-1.
> 9 Fixed bug where %variables% would not work in ruleset files.
> 10 Fixed bug on Linux systems where Postfix systems would change the 
> ownership of the queue and work directories every time MailScanner was
> started.
> 1 Deny File MIME Types was ignored if new filetype rules used MIME 
> checks.
> 2 Slightly improvement to phishing trap to handle links with " in 
> them.
> 2 Worked around nasty behaviour of Perl's "each()". Thanks Timofey!
> All available from as usual.
> I would be very grateful if you could test this release and prove it's
> okay. In a few days I will release a stable version, if I get enough 
> response that it is indeed all working okay.
> Thanks folks!
> Jules
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