[Mailman-Users] A scrubber issue

Todd Zullinger tmz at pobox.com
Fri Dec 8 18:01:40 CET 2006

In honor of recent discussions on pipermail, I think I've found
another issue with archiving, though this seems to be in

In a few recent posts to the GnuPG lists, Werner Koch sent along some
signed patches fixing issues in the gpg code.  Unfortunately, the
archives ate his posts[1] so we can't point others to the patches in the
archives as nicely as one would like.

It seems that the problem is that both message parts lack a
"Content-type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii" header and the first part
also lacks a "Content-disposition: inline" header.  If I edit the raw
message to include a "Content-type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii"
header for each mime part, it passes the scrubber as is archived

From my limited reading of RFC 2045[2], it seems that a mime part
without a content-type header should be assumed to be text/plain;
charset=us-ascii.  Is the scrubber wrong to not assume this or are
there too many issues with making this (apparently quite standards
conformant) assumption?

[1] http://lists.gnupg.org/pipermail/gnupg-users/2006-December/029976.html
[2] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2045.txt

Todd        OpenPGP -> KeyID: 0xBEAF0CE3 | URL: www.pobox.com/~tmz/pgp
To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.
    -- Confucius

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