Perl taint issue and instability

Dave Jones davejones70 at
Sat Oct 1 18:00:18 IST 2011

Is anyone else frustrated with the taint issue causing MailScanner

I have 8 MailScanner servers -- half are CentOS 5 with Sendmail and the
other half are SL6 using Postfix.  My new boxes are running the latest
version of MailScanner with the "#!/usr/bin/perl -I/usr/lib/MailScanner -U"

The SL6 servers running perl-5.10.1-119.el6.x86_64 are not stable.  Icinga
is constantly telling me to restart MailScanner on one of them every few
days.  I have a script that pushes out changes from a central location and
runs "service MailScanner reload."  Many times the reload fails causing me
to have to manually run a full restart.

I know the Baruwa mailing also has many posts with the same problems.

Is MailScanner fixed and the problem is cause by the underlying perl modules
that are not updated to run under perl 5.10?

I have been waiting for over 6 months to put my SL6 boxes into a full
production load once they are stable but it's about time to reload them with
SL5 to get back to perl 5.8.8 and stability.

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