> From: Valdis(_dot_)Kletnieks(_at_)vt(_dot_)edu
> On Tue, 24 Jul 2001 16:09:16 PDT, Greg Minshall
>> i wonder if we shouldn't take vjs's (i think) suggestion and
>> forbid all MIME mail on the IETF list
I would go along with that.
> If we do that, it's time to move the RFCs describing multipart/signed
> to 'Historic' status.
OK, so we can make an exception for those MIME types (until someone
figures out how to embed a virus in them too :-).
> I could live with the filtering of active content and executables
The problem with that is that it's not always easy to be sure what is and
what is not active content that's potentially harmful (in addition to all
the usual things like .VBS, etc). E.g. I'd have thought a .DOC file would
be pretty harmless - but it turns out they can have macros in them, and
there are .DOC macro viruses (like Melissa). Then, of course, there's
always a 'first time' when some bright spark figures out how to stick a
virus in something that *used* to be thought of as perfectly harmless,
and wasn't on your "do not pass through" list.
I really don't see any need for MIME content on this list (or any most
any IETF-related list - IETF-Announce excepted), and would support
automatically filtering it all out.
> From: William Allen Simpson <wsimpson(_at_)greendragon(_dot_)com>
> At least we could filter messages greater than 32K. ... Nobody
> really has any reason to bombard us with more than 32K....
Ah, make it 128K and I'd agree with you, but I think I've probably
exceeded the 32K limit occasionally... :-)