Postfix anti-antivirus (was Re: [linux-elitists] procmail recipe for mydoom?)
Karsten M. Self
Mon Feb 16 16:04:52 PST 2004
on Mon, Feb 16, 2004 at 12:01:57PM +1100, Martin Pool (email@example.com) wrote:
> On 10 Feb 2004, "Karsten M. Self" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > - If the header data was forged, you've just shoved the problem one
> > hop upstream. Closer to the source.
> > - If that hop is in fact the _origin_ (direct transmission from
> > infected host), you've Done The Right Thing, and that host sucks
> > back its spew.
> > - If that hop is a smarthost, and it's handling delivery at receipt,
> > it turns around and tells the originating SMTP server "no go".
> > Which is Doing The Right Thing.
> None of these have any effect in practice. It might be emotionally
> satisfying to have rejected the nasty virus, but it does nothing but
> cause damage to third parties. Absolutely nothing. I doubt if an
> SMTP reject has ever caused even one machine to be disinfected. Do
> you know of one?
Karsten M. Self <email@example.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?
Kid, this ain't your night; we're going for the price on Wilson.
- M. Brando
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