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RE: Spamcop madness

  • From: "Thijs Cobben" < >
  • Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2000 16:18:04 +0200

Am I completely misinterpreting the issue by suggesting that procmail can
automatically filter the whole stream of bounces for e.g. a certain 'From:'
address and/or some string in the subject header and *then* redirect to
/dev/null or simply store in a /tmp file for archiving?

more below.

Yours,



Thijs Cobben

Suppose the 'From:' header contains 'spammer@localhost and Subject
contains: "Make a million now". It seems relatively safe to make a file
~spammer/.procmailrc with the following content:

# Look for "bounce message" phrases.
:0HB:
* ! undeliverable
* ! unknown user
* ! user unknown
* ! ^Final-Recipient:
* ! does not exist
* ! unknown address
* ! could not be delivered
* ! mailfail
* ! invalid
* ^Subject:.*millions.*
{ }
:0 E:
|cat > /dev/null

or maybe someone can make a better file but this one should work, I hope ;-)
Testing is wise!


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-anti-spam-wg@localhost [
> Behalf Of Nick Hilliard > Sent: 02 October 2000 15:58 > To: Piet Beertema > Cc: Petra Zeidler; anti-spam-wg@localhost Pierre Baume > Subject: Re: Spamcop madness > > > > Wouldn't it help a bit to set: > > mailer-daemon: /dev/null > > In /etc/aliases? > > That's about the worst you can do. > > Heh heh... within half a minute (!!) I got perfect proof > > of how bad this idea is: a double-bounce which I could > > forward right away to the sender. > > Trust me that this gets incredibly boring if you get hundreds or thousands > of bounces every day. > > Nick >

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