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From Christopher Tiwald <>
Subject Re: CKEditor causing high spam score
Date Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:26:43 GMT
On Tue, Jun 05, 2012 at 11:39:29AM -0400, Kevin A. McGrail wrote:
> A) These are just sub rules for use in a meta.  As a specialist in
> meta rules, just because you hit a sub rule doesn't matter.  What
> matters is if it triggers a scoring rule.  Does it?
> B) I don't recognize those rules or know where they came from.
> Where did they come from?

The scoring rule is 4.0 JM_SOUGHT_3, which is one of the "sought
channel" rules distributed (and regularly updated) by the channel in SpamAssassin [1].

That link is a little dated, but the channel is not. It comes stock now
with `yum install spamassassin` on RHEL 6, and can be added to a local
installation of SA by following the instructions in the link above. The
specific path for my vanilla install is:


As far as I can tell (admittedly, I haven't studied source), it's simply
doing regex matching on a variety of spammy content. Nothing terribly
sophisticated -- the pattern matching is straight up "does this exact
string exist?" The problem is it's picked up artifacts of CKEditor, a
common CRM/CMS editor. I was able to demonstrate the problem using
CKEditor's demo page [2], and posted the SO question Brett cited earlier

One option for us would be to disable the WYSIWYG, but I can't imagine
we're the only ones affected. The CKEditor user page lists a variety of
large companies and bulk email providers, including MailChimp [4].


Christopher Tiwald

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