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Re: antivirus in smtp, good or bad?

  • From: Suresh Ramasubramanian
  • Date: Tue Feb 03 09:08:49 2004

Stephen J. Wilcox  [2/3/2004 7:28 PM] :

Whats happening is we're accepting the mail as the primary MX for the domain but
the user has setup a forwarding to another account at another ISP, they have
antivirus service on that other account. So we get the mail, spool it and try to
forward it but then we get a "550 Error: Suspected W32/[email protected] virus" after
DATA and our server freezes the mail.

Surely this is an incorrect way to do this as there will be lots of similar MXs like ours backing this mail up? They should accept the mail and then bounce it?
Don't bounce. Reject with 5xx during the SMTP transaction (immediately after the DATA stage). If you accept the mail and detect a virus later, trash it instead of generating a bounce.

If you don't want to set up antivirus, at least set up Exim (preferably with exiscan-acl) to reject mail with suspicious attachments.

You might want to try the exim-users list for some more on this.

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