Spam to this list

Martin Pool mbp at
Fri Mar 25 23:24:41 GMT 2005

John Van Essen wrote:
> Off list to rsync list owner (feel free to reply on-list if you like):
> On Fri, 25 Mar 2005, Dag Wieers <dag at> wrote:
>>I'm not sure what the policy of this list is and I bet everyone has a spam
>>filter, so nobody might have noticed, but we got spammed.

The policy is to block as much spam as possible without blocking
legitimate posts.  A 100% solution is impossible, even if we had human
moderation (humans make mistakes).

It seems that these posts got through during a surge of spam when the
filter hit its maximum-process limit.  During the day of the 24th more
than 60 spam messages to the list were blocked.

> I got several.  Delivered to the mailing list from:
> []
>   unknown []
>   unknown []
>   unknown []

> The first one has been in the blacklist since Oct.
> I use these 4 DNS-based blacklists in the mail server that I manage:
> And they have helped a LOT.

> The other 3 have no reverse DNS entries.  A machine with no reverse DNS
> that is sending email is not very likely to be a legitimate email server.
> It's much more likely a compromised machine on a clueless ISP's network.
> Rejecting email from those unidentified machines also has helped a lot.

Using any of those measures alone tends to block legitimate posters,
particularly those running their own mail server, which to my mind is a
greater harm than letting ocassional spam go through.  Our purpose here
is to run a mailing list, not punish ISPs.  So we use all the things you
named as part of a weighted score.

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