[Mailman-Users] Backscatter spam via the "-request" address

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Thu Feb 26 00:01:09 CET 2009

Brad Knowles wrote:

>Matt Hoskins wrote:
>>   1) Be able to configure the "-request" auto responder to not reply if
>> there were no valid commands included in the message (the spammers
>> aren't spamming with valid commands at the moment)
>That sounds like a really good idea.
>>   2) Be able to configure the "-request" auto responder to not reply to
>> non-members
>Not so sure about this one, but it might also be an idea to consider.
>However, I'm not a Mailman developer, so I can't really speak to how easy it 
>would be to add such features.  That might be a discussion to have over on 
>the mailman-developers list.

Speaking as a developer, we are aware of the spam
reflection/backscatter issues with Mailman, and we want to address
them. Steps will be taken in Mailman 2.2 to at least reduce this

Thanks for your ideas, and as Brad suggests, if you want to follow up
on mailman-developers at python.org or submit further suggestions, we'd
be happy to get them.

Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>        The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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