On Sun, 6 Jan 2008 11:16:56 -0700 Edmig <emgemgemg(_at_)gmail(_dot_)com> wrote:
On Jan 5, 2008 4:01 PM, Mark <admin(_at_)asarian-host(_dot_)net> wrote:
If X can't get control of spammer accounts on its webmail servers, or
whatever, it would be very easy for them to use a different HELO name
for those servers.
In other words: let the legit relay determine what is spam, and let him
set a HELO accordingly? I'm afraid that doesn't make much sense. Other
than that you make spam-fighting an almost entirely passive operation
way, having to rely on the goodwill and HELO of a legit relay who
What is the purpose of a relay, other than to ensure the deliverability of
its clients' messages? This is where the burden of stopping spam belongs,
and where it can be done most easily. The relay knows (or certainly should
know) the clients for which it is handling mail.
allegedly already set a spam-HELO to indicate that the message to follow
will likely be spam, such a relay would be guilty of willingly sending
spam in the first place.
No legitimate relay would send messages *likely* to be spam. A more
realistic case is a relay handling both individual messages and mailing
They may not have a choice. Once mail has been accepted by the relay they
pretty much have deliver it (possibly tagged as spam). Having mail vanish
into a black hole at a relay is a recipe for unreliability.
For reasons of performance and scalability most content based scanning is
done after mail has already been accepted and queued.
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