[Mailman-Users] Mailman Approved: header

Dag Wieers dag at wieers.com
Wed Apr 7 14:37:37 CEST 2010


For the RPMforge project (and for various other organizations) I set up 
subversion to use svn-mailer to send out commits to a mailinglist.

Since we have been getting our vast amount of spam targetting this list as 
well (using forged email addresses) I today looked at the Approved: 
header, which is a way for Mailman to authorize certain posts without 


However svn-mailer only allows to add custom headers prepended with "X-" 
according to RFC 2822. And today that caused me to publicize our Mailman 
password to the list by accident while testing ;-)


Which leaves us two options if we want to be able to make Mailman and 
svn-mailer work together for the Approved: header.

  - Allow svn-mailer to add custom headers without prepending with "X-",
    so that we can add the Approved: header using the configuration file.

  - Make Mailman accept X-Approved: as well as Approved: headers.

To be honest, I see a benefit in both solutions and my preference would be 
to accept each of these modifications in both svn-mailer and Mailman.

For myself, I patched svn-mailer to not prepend "X-", but I prefer a 
solution that is accepted by upstream for others.

Kind regards,
--   dag wieers,  dag at wieers.com,  http://dag.wieers.com/   --
[Any errors in spelling, tact or fact are transmission errors]

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