Spamassassin rules not firing correctly

Kai Schaetzl maillists at
Fri May 9 10:31:04 IST 2014

Stef Morrell wrote on Fri, 2 May 2014 15:07:54 +0000:

> Would you bother with bayes at all then

Bayes is very effective, especially when it comes to spam that cannot be 
identified otherwise, especially by technical or sender-based (RBL) rules.

Anyway, I find that a lot of spam (say 90% or more) is already blocked by 
technical measures, e.g. do you check for existing hostnames of clients 
and senders? Or even reverse hostnames? Helos? A lot of the spam gets sent 
from provider networks that don't even set a hostname for their IP 

Also, if there are common characteristics like a lot having senders in the 
me domain - why don't you add a rule for that. Not to block those senders 
with just one rule, but to add up with other hits, so it finally reaches 
the 5.0 threshold. Did you check if you have any legitimate .me senders?

Educate your users to stop using wildcard accounts, if you have a client 
structure that can use wildcard accounts. Actually, might be a good idea 
to tell people that you stop scanning wildcard accounts.


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