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From David Jones <>
Subject Re: Any updates since 1799552?
Date Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:11:46 GMT
On 10/23/2017 05:03 AM, wrote:
> Hi,
> I noticed that my channels updates cf file hasn't changed for a month so I ran sa-update
with --debug:
> Oct 23 09:58:35.372 [4969] dbg: channel: attempting channel
> Oct 23 09:58:35.372 [4969] dbg: channel: using existing directory /var/opt/spamassassin/3.004001/updates_spamassassin_org
> Oct 23 09:58:35.372 [4969] dbg: channel: channel cf file /var/opt/spamassassin/3.004001/
> Oct 23 09:58:35.372 [4969] dbg: channel: channel pre file /var/opt/spamassassin/3.004001/updates_spamassassin_org.pre
> Oct 23 09:58:35.373 [4969] dbg: channel: metadata version = 1799552, from file /var/opt/spamassassin/3.004001/
> DNS TXT query: -> 1799552
> Oct 23 09:58:35.378 [4969] dbg: dns: => 1799552, parsed
as 1799552
> Oct 23 09:58:35.378 [4969] dbg: channel: current version is 1799552, new version is 1799552,
skipping channel
> Oct 23 09:58:35.378 [4969] dbg: diag: updates complete, exiting with code 1
> Update finished, no fresh updates were available
> I get this with dig:
> $ dig -t txt +short
> "1799552"
> So it looks like 1799552 really is the latest version. What concerns me though is that
this revision is mentioned in the mailing list back in July.
> Is 1799552 really the latest set of rules for v3.4.1?
> Thanks,
> orval

Yes.  That is the latest.  There is a very odd bug in the nightly 
masscheck processing that validates the latest ruleset.  The file that it generates was about 1/3rd the size it should 
be.  This caused a number of scores to take the default score of 1.0 and 
much lower overall scoring.  Many people noticed their SA was scoring 
very low and spam was getting through for a couple of weeks in late June.

There haven't been any major updates or additions to rules, scores, or 
plugins the past 6 months so we really haven't missed much.  There could 
be some new RBLs added to the default rules with low scores for a slow 
introduction plus a few very minor updates coming soon so the updates 
should start rolling again soon after a few days of testing.

SA installations running mostly default rules and scores are more 
depending on the nightly score updates in than heavily 
customized installations.  My installation has a lot of local additions 
of RBLs, custom meta rules, some increased scores, etc. with a heavily 
tuned MTA in front of SA.  I noticed a slight drop in scores in late 
June but I didn't have major problems with spam getting through.  I was 
watching closely and didn't even notice the problem for two weeks until 
I saw reports on the MailScanner mailing list.

David Jones

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