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Re: I-D announcement: When NOT to Bounce Email

2004-04-12 10:20:48
On Thu, 08 Apr 2004 15:15:53 PDT, Daryl Odnert 
<daryl(_dot_)odnert(_at_)tumbleweed(_dot_)com>  said:

I would like to see the language in the first paragraph of section 3
broadened a little bit to include more than just "messages generated by
viruses".  Shouldn't this specification allow messages that are virus
*infected* to be silently dropped, even if the message isn't generated by a

A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away, there actually existed viruses
that were piggybacked onto legitimate email, and as a result the "more proper"
thing to do was to let the sender know they had a virus, and pass along a
decontaminated message to the recipient.

The fact that the anti-virus companies are using that historical fact to
justify sending marketing spam^W^Wnotifications for the current generation of
address-scraping viruses and worms shouldn't be allowed to cloud a protocol
specification, unless we're *really* sure that we want said spec clouded up....

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