Postfix anti-antivirus (was Re: [linux-elitists] procmail recipe for mydoom?)

Ben Finney
Tue Feb 10 00:07:57 PST 2004

On 10-Feb-2004, Martin Pool wrote:
> In principle the smarthost admin could [manually determine the correct
> recipient host for a reject you generate].
> Of course if the admin was that smart and proactive then they probably
> wouldn't be relaying viruses in the first place, would they?

Which, IMO, is pushing the problem in the right direction.  If I'm
generating a reject for known viruses, then *whoever* is connecting to
me and trying to pass it on needs to:

  - FOAD (if they're doing it intentionally)
  - clean up their machine (if they're infected)
  - implement virus-reject policies themselves (if they're a smarthost
    blithely passing it on to me)

In all these cases, an SMTP-time reject seems my most appropriate
course.  If you're an unwitting vector for malware, it's your
responsibility these days to damned well *get* some wit, and stop being
a vector.  How does dropping the message silently move us forward?

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Ben Finney <>
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