[Mailman-Users] Spam Subscriptions

Brian Carpenter brian at emwd.com
Fri Feb 23 11:29:29 EST 2018

> I have a mailman installation with over 300 lists. It is cPanel, but
> I am the administrator so have access to command line etc.
> I have just two lists that receive a bunch of spam subscribes each
> day -- hundreds of them, in fact. For some reason -- which is good,
> they are held, so don't go through, not quite sure why.  Two
> questions -- first is there a file I can erase for each list that
> will get rid of all the held subscriptions, without breaking anything
> else.  I tried once, and my installation broke -- don't know if it is
> related, but don't want to try again unless I do it right.
> Secondly, there is some commonality in the subscribe addresses, are
> there strings I can use to discard the subscribes so I never have to see
> Below are examples, there is a common word, or a common word, a
> period ., and another common word, then a plus sign + then a 4 5 or 6
> character word, all alpha, and @gmail.com
> Here are examples:
> dragonommz+
> jwmidnight+
> nommz.naidoo+
> If I could knock these out, it would be helpful.  This has happened
> several times previously, but has always stopped after a few weeks.
> This time it has been a couple months.
> Finally, I know it is probably too late in the Mailman2 cycle to get
> a new feature, but in the web UI, it would be nice if you could
> delete all deferred subscriptions.  You can do so with deferred
> messages, that are held, but not subscriptions.
> Thanks!
> Dave

Hey Dave,

If  you are using cPanel then running some Exim filters may be a better
approach to handling this subscription problem. We get tons of spam from
China via two domains and Exim is great at filtering them out.

Brian Carpenter

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