[Mailman-Users] list of lists fodder for spammers?
jonc at nc.rr.com
Sun Jan 26 19:27:03 CET 2003
I recommend that you front-end your mail servers with something like
Spam Assassin. If you really want to be thorough you can use
Mailscanner with an anti-virus application that runs on Linux.
Mailscanner will then use the local anti-virus application to scan all
messages for viruses and then pump the remaining messages through a
SpamAssassin filter to look for Spam.
Every place where I've installed SpamAssassin has fallen in love with
it. It rapidly moves from being something nice to have, to being a
necessity they can't live without.
As for the list names being mined for spam, I've found that the biggest
worry is the web-enabled archives.
Mailman's features can help a little against spam. You can set your
lists so that they only accept mail from either a list member or from a
user on the local domain.
Good Luck - Jon Carnes
On Sun, 2003-01-26 at 12:26, Greg Westin wrote:
> Hello Mailman folk,
> I work with a group that provides services to student groups at a
> university, and we're concerned that a lot of the lists have been
> picking up spam lately. The prime suspect, at this point, is Mailman's
> publishing of list names. If you can provide any input on how to
> alleviate this problem, please let me know. I'm copying below a
> message (slightly modified) from one of the more knowledgeable people I
> work with:
> My real concern with the behavior of the
> listinfo and admin scripts is that they publish the list of lists
> not only when invoked without arguments, but also if invoked on a
> non-existent list name. Because apache can be configured to reject
> outside of ourdomain.edu or wherever requests for
> while still allowing
> but what if spammers start generating random list names and sending,
> "http://lists.ourdomain.edu/mailman/listinfo/sp4m"? No way to
> stop such attacks except for Mailman to change its behavior (which
> the patched version on lists.ourdomain currently does).
> The patched version he's referring to simply denies access to
> /mailman/listinfo (but not to /mailman/listinfo/valid-list-name) to
> every request not from our domain. It's an ugly hack, but it's
> generally fine because students will almost always be working from a
> university computer, except perhaps when home on vacation.
> Thanks for any help. Please reply off-list if you're getting this via
> mailman-developers, as I'm not subscribed to that list. I am on
> mailman-users, though.
> Greg Westin
> Contact info: http://www.gregwestin.com/contact.php
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