multi-volume RAR archive problem

Martin Hepworth maxsec at
Tue Jan 25 06:42:14 GMT 2011

What version is mailscanner? There has been work on these sort of
things recently (from memory , best to check the changelog)

On Tuesday, 25 January 2011, Curu Wong <prinbra at> wrote:
> Strictly speaking, I am not sure if this is a problem.
> We can create multi-volume(split volume) RAR archive with the WinRAR, and send them out one by one via email. When one message arrives at MailScanner, it will try to unpack that volume(part of the complete archive), which should definitely fail. and then ms restart itself and try and fail and try and fail, then give up processing that message, block it.
> My question is, what's the better solution? can we tell if a RAR archive is multi-volumed and just skip processing it? Is it a good policy to restart ms itself(due to external failure) and do the exact same(should always fail) action toward the offending message?

Martin Hepworth
Oxford, UK

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