[Techtalk] spam filters

Rudy Zijlstra rudy at edsons.demon.nl
Tue Oct 24 08:55:09 UTC 2006


On Tue, 24 Oct 2006, Maria McKinley wrote:

> Hi there,
> I am currently using spamassasin to filter spam on our mail server. Lately it 
> has not been doing a very good job. I keep trying to update it, but I always 
> seem to be at the latest release. Does anyone have any suggestions? Either an 
> alternate spam filter or some secret knob to turn to make it work better? ;-) 
> I have the spam level at 5 right now, but I  don't think turning it further 
> down would help much, because most of the spam getting through seems to be a 
> 2.5 or less (and a depressing amount of them are at 0!). Any advice? Has 
> anyone tried turning it down as low as a 2? What sort of false positives do 
> you get?

You are expressing my own frustration. I also noticed that most of what 
gets through have a lot of almost sensible sentences which go about 
nothing, and the actual spam content is in an embedded gif.

I've done the same as you, reinstalled spamassassin, with sofar the same 
unsatisfying result. I've also noticed you can nowadays use razor, and 
still need to double check whether i've got that correctly installed and 

Good luck, and please share if you find a solution!



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