pop3 email header classifier?

Robin Becker robin at jessikat.fsnet.co.uk
Sat Sep 20 17:01:11 CEST 2003

In message <6cammvoibfes7scnan7kkorctoi55n4d57 at 4ax.com>, Richie Hindle
<richie at entrian.com> writes

someone has posted a poplib command line thing on much the same lines in
another thread.

>> Hi, I'm getting vast numbers of fake upgrade emails containing some kind
>> of virus. My rather old client can be made to reject these based on some
>> patterns in the subject line. They're nearly all based on the word
>> 'New', 'Latest', 'Microsoft', 'Patch', 'Pack', ... etc etc.
>> Is there a python tool that can be made to delete these from my POP3
>> mail box rather than let my client reject?
>I have a webmail application that can be made to delete messages based on
>regular expressions, at http://entrian.com/cgi-bin/pop3.py
>I wrote it in response to a similar problem, whereby a spammer used my
>address as his From address, and I received a couple of thousand bounce
>messages a day.
>You can set up regular expression filters on To, From and Subject, and set
>it to either mark messages for deletion (so you get to review them before
>deleting them) or delete them straight away (via the "I'm either brave or
>stupid" checkbox, TM 8-)  You can save your filters for later use.
>Take EXTREME CARE with this, particularly if you check the "I'm either
>brave or stupid" box.  8-)  There is no way to recover a deleted message.
>Don't sue me if it eats your hamster's emails.
>You probably need something like (untested):
>From: microsoft|ms\b
>Subject: patch|latest|microsoft|update|upgrade|pack
>There's no SSL version of this, so your POP3 account details will pass in
>plain text over the internet (in theory my provider has a scheme whereby
>you can access the site over SSL using their certificate, but it doesn't
>work for some reason - if there's any interest I'll see whether I can make
>it work).
>(And no, I'm not going to harvest your POP3 account details.  They never
>even hit the hard drive.)

Robin Becker

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