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From "Kevin A. McGrail (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COMDEV-268) GSOC 2018 SpamAssassin Statistical Classifier Plugin
Date Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:49:00 GMT


Kevin A. McGrail commented on COMDEV-268:

Hi Saahil, nice to meet you.  Working on the Apache SpamAssassin project especially on a
statistical classifier is an excellent choice for a student GSOC student.

For this and the ticket 267 that you also expressed interest in, you'll want to email with
me on the [|] mailing list. 
That way you can engage the entire community.


After that:

1st step is to go to [] and make sure you read the "Students
Read this Section"

2nd step is discussion and to start drafting your proposal. 




> GSOC 2018 SpamAssassin Statistical Classifier Plugin
> ----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COMDEV-268
>                 URL:
>             Project: Community Development
>          Issue Type: Project
>          Components: GSoC/Mentoring ideas
>            Reporter: Kevin A. McGrail
>            Priority: Major
>              Labels: gsoc2018
> As discussed in 2015 at [,] this
idea was ideal for GSOC but there was a problem with a deadline missed. 
> 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
> It is primarily written in Perl with a few bits in C and shell scripts for system integration.
> The compendium at
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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