[Linux-aus] PSA: Messages sent through LA mailing lists being classified as SPAM

Rob Thomas xrobau at gmail.com
Thu Jan 14 11:13:18 AEDT 2016

Your email made me had a look through my spam in gmail, and there appears
to be a large number that was marked as spam by Google too. The firs one I
found was from Andrew Bartlett, and was bounced because of SPF errors:


Looking at the headers, it looks like it's confused with multiple SPF
passes.  This is probably not something LA can fix, but at a guess smxemail
may be using google somehow to do their spam filtering?

Anyway, dump of the (incorrectly-marked-as-spam) header below.


Delivered-To: xrobau at gmail.com
Received: by with SMTP id e132csp878308ywb;
        Fri, 8 Jan 2016 19:44:06 -0800 (PST)
X-Received: by with SMTP id d7mr2190511igg.69.1452311046449;
        Fri, 08 Jan 2016 19:44:06 -0800 (PST)
Return-Path: <linux-aus-bounces at lists.linux.org.au>
Received: from mailhost.linux.org.au (mailhost.linux.org.au.
        by mx.google.com with ESMTP id
        Fri, 08 Jan 2016 19:44:06 -0800 (PST)
Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of
linux-aus-bounces at lists.linux.org.au designates as permitted
sender) client-ip=;
Authentication-Results: mx.google.com;
       spf=pass (google.com: domain of linux-aus-bounces at lists.linux.org.au
designates as permitted sender) smtp.mailfrom=
linux-aus-bounces at lists.linux.org.au;
       dkim=neutral (body hash did not verify) header.i=@samba.org;
       dmarc=fail (p=QUARANTINE dis=QUARANTINE) header.from=samba.org
Received: from localhost (localhost [])
by mailhost.linux.org.au (Postfix) with ESMTP id 4B9D32567;
Sat,  9 Jan 2016 14:43:35 +1100 (AEDT)
X-Virus-Scanned: Debian amavisd-new at mailhost.linux.org.au
Received: from mailhost.linux.org.au ([])
by localhost (mailhost.linux.org.au []) (amavisd-new, port 10024)
with ESMTP id mbkJXlR5RgHk; Sat,  9 Jan 2016 14:43:33 +1100 (AEDT)
Delivered-To: lists.linux.org.au-linux-aus at mailhost.linux.org.au
X-Virus-Scanned: Debian amavisd-new at mailhost.linux.org.au
Received-SPF: Pass (sender SPF authorized) identity=mailfrom;
 client-ip=; helo=hr2.samba.org; envelope-from=
abartlet at samba.org;
 receiver=linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; q=dns/txt; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=samba.org
 h=Date:To:From:Message-ID; bh=EA+4BNBwYx7X2Osq07To2BTjuy1CTfqxpKS3jOyZkiM=;
Message-ID: <1452303106.22992.81.camel at samba.org>
From: Andrew Bartlett <abartlet at samba.org>
To: Anthony Towns <aj at erisian.com.au>, linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au
Date: Sat, 09 Jan 2016 14:31:46 +1300
In-Reply-To: <20160108134754.GA10295 at sapphire.erisian.com.au>
References: <20160108134754.GA10295 at sapphire.erisian.com.au>
Mime-Version: 1.0
Subject: Re: [Linux-aus] LA co-branding proposal
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Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
Errors-To: linux-aus-bounces at lists.linux.org.au
Sender: "linux-aus" <linux-aus-bounces at lists.linux.org.au>

On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 6:54 AM, Mark Foster <blakjak at blakjak.net> wrote:

> Hi Folks
> I just had to re-enable my subscription to linux-aus as the Mailman
> instance had disabled my email subscription due to excessive bounces.
> I use the anti-spam services offered by SMX (smxemail.com) and using
> their Web UI I can see that the emails identified by the attached CSV were
> recently rejected as spam by their platform.
> Their spam engines are commercial in nature and whilst pretty accurate, do
> false-positive occasionally. It suggests that something about the email
> content/payload matches an email previously reported as spam to one of the
> engines concerned.
> If one of the list administrators is able to capture one or more of the
> emails that was bounced, it can be sent to emailsupport at smxemail.com with
> the comment 'false positive' and they can re-check it and if still
> reporting as spam, attempt to correct this.  Otherwise a warning for anyone
> else employing anti-spam software.
> (I've now whitelisted the envelope-sender for both linux-aus and announce
> lists... but from my view I will never see the offending messages as they
> were 550 rejected by my MX's).
> Cheers
> Mark.
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