[Mimedefang] Frustration...

Lisa Casey lisa at jellico.com
Thu Nov 4 14:15:20 EST 2004

Hi Folks,

I've spent most of this week on this and am just getting frustrated. I'm
Sysadmin for an ISP. I installed MIMEDefang, Spamassassin and filter::scan
on my Red Hat Sendmail server as a way of dealing with my customers
spam/virus (mostly the spam, it's a REAL problem).

As far as I can tell, MIMEDefang/Spamassassin are working OK. I tested
Spamassassin when I installed it with the sample-nonspam.txt and
sample-spam.txt included. Mimeddefang adds this header to e-mail:

X-Scanned-By: MIMEDefang 2.48 on

and Spamassassin adds a  SpamAssassinReport.txt as an attachment to each
spam mail. But I've been reading websites for two days now and can't figure
out how to do anything else with this. Basically I don't want spam coming
into my users mailboxes, they don't want it. I understand there will be some
amount of false positives, but I just want to drop (or bounce or whatever)
the spam before it reaches the mailboxes.

I'ld also like to drop, bounce, whatever mail that has certain words in the
subject, such as rolex, penis, viagra, etc.

I know I can do the above with MIMEDefang/Spamassassin, but I'll be darned
if I can figure out how. And the more I try to figure it out, it seems, the
more confused I am getting.

Also, I'm not sure how I'm supposed to feed it spam. I have Sendmail/Qpopper
and most of my users pick up their mail using Outlook Express. I understand
I can't just forward spam to a spam mailbox and run sa-learn on that as the
forwarding will not get the original headers.

There has to be a easy way to learn to use this and get it to do what I want
but I can't really figure it out. Surely there are some other ISP's on these
lists who might be willing to tell me  how they use it.


Lisa Casey

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