[Spambayes] Unfilterable email using Outlook plugin

Greg Jewell gjewell at cnnxn.com
Fri Sep 19 16:15:35 EDT 2003

Hi Mark,

I went to source forge today to look at the bug entered for this, and 
didn't find one.  (I misunderstood your message and didn't realize that I 
should submit the bug.)  When I try to enter the bug myself, it says I 
need to log in even though I already am.  If you have the time, would 
you be kind enough to submit this for me?

Thanks again,
Greg Jewell

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Mark Hammond [mailto:mhammond at skippinet.com.au]
>Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 6:18 PM
>To: Greg Jewell; spambayes at python.org
>Subject: RE: [Spambayes] Unfilterable email using Outlook plugin
>The problem is that the message in question *is* a bounce.  
>Some spammer has used your "from" address, so the bounce is to you.
>The interesting thing is that Outlook has decided to transform 
>this bounce into an "undeliverable report", which it handles 
>slightly differently - it gets a different icon, and a 
>different "form" which includes a "resend" option etc.  Not 
>*all* bounces are handled this way by Outlook, but clearly some are.
>Unfortutately, this is a "feature" gone wrong.  I initially 
>thought that Outlook only created such messages for "internal" 
>bounces - ie, for messages that failed delivery *before* they 
>moved to the internet - particularly in an Exchange Server environment.
>Initially, my experience was that I had only ever seen these 
>"bounce" messages for legitimate bounces - but SpamBayes would 
>then filter them, and depending on your training, would often 
>score tham as Spam.  This was clearly bad for legitmate bounce 
>messages.  Since then I have seen exactly one external bounce 
>message be handled this way in my own mail - and now yours 
>makes a second.
>I'm not sure what to do about this now...  I guess opening a 
>bug at source forge would be good :)

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