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Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 23:57:06 +0100
From: Casper Dik <>
To: David Brodbeck <>
Cc: "'Daniele Orlandi'" <>,
Subject: Re: RFC: virus handling

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Daniele Orlandi []
>> I use amavisd-new which has support for listing viruses/worms 
>> that fake
>> the sender's email address. Unfortunatelly the list is external to the
>> actual virus scanner and has to be updated manually.
>Given that the majority of new viruses forge the sender's email address, I
>think the reverse would make more sense -- have a list of viruses that
>*don't* forge, and only send notifications for those.

Considering that virus scanners still operate using signatures,
it seems logical to include a flag for each specific virus so that
when it is recognized the virus software knows that they shouldn't
bother me.

(A, and yes, it is a lot of fun that those virus scanner vendors sell
*localized* versions of their software so I've now had them tell me in
more languages and character sets than I care to remember how bloody
incompetent they are.)


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