Re: OT: Virii on lists

From: Paul G. Allen (
Date: Tue Jul 31 2001 - 16:30:18 EST

Craig Milo Rogers wrote:
> >Is there any way we can set up an automatic virus scan of all
> >attachments at vger, and have it deal with any virii at source?
> Better than that, simply strip all non-text MIME attachments,
> or bounce the messages containing them. End of story.

This is exactly what is done with the KPLUG mailing lists (Kernel-Panic Linux User Group - Attachments are not allowed by the mail server
and anyone sending HTML/RTF format mail gets an earful (eyeful?) from other list members.

Of course this would not stop Subseven propagation (generally, Subseven is attached to a web site and an e-mail is sent to you with a link to that site.
Clicking on the link, loading the site, infects your Windows box), but then this is a case where simple education is the way to stop propagation.


Paul G. Allen
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