Blocking emails with dangerous attachments

Randal, Phil prandal at
Tue Apr 5 11:01:21 IST 2011

Easiest way is to use MimeHeader SA plugin, and create rules to detect attachment names like UPS.ZIP (and all the variants you see) and score them highly.


Phil Randal | Infrastructure Engineer 
NHS Herefordshire & Herefordshire Council  | Deputy Chief Executive's Office | I.C.T. Services Division 
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From: mailscanner-bounces at [mailto:mailscanner-bounces at] On Behalf Of Richard Coombe
Sent: 05 April 2011 10:45
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Subject: Blocking emails with dangerous attachments


We're blocking all incoming exe attachments. However we're getting some spam/virus email with exe attachments, ("Your DHL / UPS package is ready" type stuff). The exe gets removed and then the rest of the message is delivered with an attachment warning report. This is annoying my end users as they're not interested in the email in any way.

Is there a config setting to quarantine emails that have had their attachments stripped?

I can only find 'Deliver Cleaned Messages' in MailScanner.conf. However I also have emails from other legitimate mailing lists that have URLs in them which get 'disarmed' and I _do_ want to deliver these message. So I don't think I can change this to 'no', I think I need a more fine grained approach.

Am using Mailscanner with spamassassin and clamav.

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