[Mimedefang] Slightly OT: Knowing the Spammers tools

David F. Skoll dfs at roaringpenguin.com
Tue Feb 22 21:25:38 EST 2005

On Wed, 23 Feb 2005, Matt Smith wrote:

> Was just forwarded this link by an anti-spam product cold caller:
> http://www.send-safe.com/screenshots.php

Was the cold-caller trying to put down SpamAssassin and/or anti-spam
products that are relatively open? :-)

send-safe.com can only evaluate static SpamAssassin rules.  It can't
reliably evaluate RBL rules, SURBL rules, Bayes rules, etc.  And it
obviously can't do anything about non-content-based countermeasures
like greylisting, SPF scoring or Sendmail's new "greet_pause" feature.
So it doesn't actually help spammers all that much.

It does provide good fodder for anti-spam companies that claim to
"work better" because they don't tell anyone how their product works.



P.S. If you want commercial anti-spam software, we'd be happy to cold-call
you. :-)

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