[Linux-aus] spam on the list

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Thu Feb 13 17:11:02 UTC 2003

On Tue, 11 Feb 2003, Anand Kumria wrote:

> Hi Tony,
> On Sun, Feb 09, 2003 at 09:16:28PM +1000, Tony Nugent wrote:
> > Oh dear, it's happening here again :-(
> > 
> > It seems that the aus-linux lists need spam/virus filtering, and a
> > restriction to subscribers-only for being able to post to them.
> >
> > 
> > Who's in a position to be able to do that?
> I am - however I recently re-enabled non-subscriber posting to
> linux-aus. I'm aware of the spamassassin problem; I am looking (yet
> again) into why it isn't hooked up properly with mailman.
> However I re-enabled non-subscriber posting since we had a large number
> of non-subscribers posting -- I didn't want to be a bottleneck due to
> moderation requirements.
> > Also: if this is majordomo, I've recently seen some messages in
> > bugtraq about vulnerabilities in it that allow anyone to easily
> > obtain all the subscriber lists.
> The web pages are (very) out of date in that regard. We switched over to
> using mailman some number of months ago. However I've almost finished my
> majordomo frontend to mailman -- necessary for another site I look after
> -- so that will shortly work once again.
> Thanks,
> Anand

I got another spam today, about the Shezen Sh*t.

I noticed that the second and third Shezen Sh*t messages were 40K.

Lists that I administer, allow for setting maximum message size.

Perhaps, setting maximum message size of 10K, could eliminate those 
messages, at least.

10K appears to be a good maximum message size, and, it encourages 
pruning and prudent posting.

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
  Chapter 28 of 
  "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
  A Trilogy In Four Parts",
  written by Douglas Adams, 
  published by Pan Books, 1992 

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