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On Thu, 10 Jun 2004, Henry House wrote:

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> 2. Zip attachments
> 
> 	I am also rejecting all zip files. This has so far been fine, since all
> 	zip files received for the last few months have been viruses. But surely
> 	there is a better way, other than blocking based on known virus
> 	signatures. Perhaps accepting zipfiles from people who have previously
> 	send us mail, but not from random senders. But how to do that? Can
> 	patterns be made conditional on the sender's address using buildin
> 	postfix mechanisms or do I need an external scanner like SpamAssassin?

Whitelisting is only another stopgap in this day of zombie spam sources.

> 	I usually ask people to send tarballs instead of zipfiles. Can popular
> 	DOS compression programs create tarballs?

Yes, some do, but I wouldn't recommend telling people they should create
them, because they don't handle newline conversion and they don't
encourage tarring up a single directory, as is the custom in the Unix
world, so you'll get splatted when you untar them.

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