Foreign filename checking

Kevin Miller Kevin_Miller at
Mon Nov 1 17:22:06 GMT 2010

Greg Pearson wrote:
> Hello all,
> some of my users are used to send attachments with foreign filenames
> (Russian etc.). It seems that MailScanner cannot properly handle
> those filenames when they are converted to UTF8 by the mail client.
> So a filename with foreign characters would become something like:   
> "utf-8''%%CE%%95%%CF%%83%%CF%%89%%CF%%84%%CE%%B5%%CF%%81%%CE%%B9%%CE%%BA%%CF%%8C%%CF%%82%%20%%CE%%BA%%CE%%B1%%CE%%BD%%CE%%BF%%CE%%BD%%CE%%B9%%CF%%83%%CE%%BC%%CF%%8C%%CF%%82%%20lomi%%2001%%202008.doc"
> And hence Mailscanner will complain that this filename is too long,
> which is of course not the case. It is mentioned in the Changelog
> that the latest version (4.81.4) has dealt with this:  
> "16 Improved handling of Unicode and foreign character sets used in
> attachment filenames." 
> But the problem remains.
> I wouldn't want to disable the filename length rule completely, so I
> would appreciate some help on this. 
> Thanks

Is it a discreet set of users sending these?  Or strictly internal users?  Perhaps a ruleset would do the trick if can identify a manageable set of senders...

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