[linux-elitists] tmda

Rick Moen rick@linuxmafia.com
Mon Sep 22 18:20:27 PDT 2003

Quoting George Georgalis (georgw@galis.org):

> well yes if 10% ran misconfigured C-R systems that could be a problem.

George, the problems of C-R systems are inherent in their design and
pretty much unfixable:  The worst of those is that, by running tmda
(other than when run with its main functions disabled), you're sending
_additional_ spam to people whose addresses were forged in incoming mail
headers.  Ergo, unfortunately, you are making a bad problem worse.

Upgrading to a newer tmda isn't going to fix that fundamental problem -- 
and configuring tmda to not send challenges to mailing lists merely
means you're spamming slightly fewer innocent bystanders.

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