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From "Kevin A. McGrail (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (COMDEV-262) GSOC 2018 SpamAssassin tflag to bypass Body + Subject being prepended
Date Mon, 05 Feb 2018 04:39:00 GMT

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Kevin A. McGrail updated COMDEV-262:
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    Description: 
tflags or test flags are a way of changing the behavior of tests in SpamAssassin.

In spamassassin, one test type is body but body actually prepends the subject to the body
as well.  This behavior works very well for 99.9% of the time but occasionally it surprises
people.

Extended the framework for a body test to have a tflag to bypass the prepending of the subject
to the body for tests.

Alternately, change the default behavior not to add the subject with a tflag to add the subject
with appropriate efficacy testing.

 

Apache SpamAssassin is a mail filter to identify spam. It is an intelligent email filter which
uses a diverse range of tests to identify unsolicited bulk email, more commonly known as Spam.
These tests are applied to email headers and content to classify email using advanced statistical
methods. 

In addition, SpamAssassin has a modular architecture that allows other technologies to be
quickly wielded against spam and is designed for easy integration into virtually any email
system. 

It is primarily written in Perl with a few bits in C and shell scripts for system integration.

The compendium at https://raptor.pccc.com/raptor.cgim?template=email_spam_compendium is helpful
to understand some of the concepts with SpamAssassin

It will be helpful for a student in this project to understand SMTP but a willingness to learn
and setup your own mail server on a Linux Distribution with SpamAssassin for a personal test
domain will be very desired with assistance provided to get the basic framework for a sandbox
for learning.

As email becomes more commodotized by major providers, knowledge of email systems and their
security is dwindling.  This opportunity can provide real-world experience with an email
security product that is employed by countless commercial systems in the world.

  was:
tflags or test flags are a way of changing the behavior of tests in SpamAssassin.

In spamassassin, one test type is body but body actually prepends the subject to the body
as well.  This behavior works very well for 99.9% of the time but occasionally it surprises
people.

Extended the framework for a body test to have a tflag to bypass the prepending of the subject
to the body for tests.

Alternately, change the default behavior not to add the subject with a tflag to add the subject
with appropriate efficacy testing.


> GSOC 2018 SpamAssassin tflag to bypass Body + Subject being prepended
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: COMDEV-262
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COMDEV-262
>             Project: Community Development
>          Issue Type: Project
>          Components: GSoC/Mentoring ideas
>            Reporter: Kevin A. McGrail
>            Priority: Major
>
> tflags or test flags are a way of changing the behavior of tests in SpamAssassin.
> In spamassassin, one test type is body but body actually prepends the subject to the
body as well.  This behavior works very well for 99.9% of the time but occasionally it surprises
people.
> Extended the framework for a body test to have a tflag to bypass the prepending of the
subject to the body for tests.
> Alternately, change the default behavior not to add the subject with a tflag to add the
subject with appropriate efficacy testing.
>  
> Apache SpamAssassin is a mail filter to identify spam. It is an intelligent email filter
which uses a diverse range of tests to identify unsolicited bulk email, more commonly known
as Spam. These tests are applied to email headers and content to classify email using advanced
statistical methods. 
> In addition, SpamAssassin has a modular architecture that allows other technologies to
be quickly wielded against spam and is designed for easy integration into virtually any email
system. 
> It is primarily written in Perl with a few bits in C and shell scripts for system integration.
> The compendium at https://raptor.pccc.com/raptor.cgim?template=email_spam_compendium
is helpful to understand some of the concepts with SpamAssassin
> It will be helpful for a student in this project to understand SMTP but a willingness
to learn and setup your own mail server on a Linux Distribution with SpamAssassin for a personal
test domain will be very desired with assistance provided to get the basic framework for a
sandbox for learning.
> As email becomes more commodotized by major providers, knowledge of email systems and
their security is dwindling.  This opportunity can provide real-world experience with an
email security product that is employed by countless commercial systems in the world.



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