SpamTagSubjectHeaderPerUser

Nigel Metheringham edited this page Nov 25, 2012 · 1 revision

This is a method described by TimJackson.

When doing spam scanning, and trying to flag "possible spam" to users, one common method is to tag the Subject header. However, this is a bit nasty (as it screws up replies etc. if the mail isn't really spam) and it would be better for end-user filtering to use another header like X-Spam-Flag or similar. However, unfortunately, some common mail clients do not permit filtering on arbitrary headers. Therefore, sometimes it's desirable to allow tagging of the Subject header on a per-user basis so that users who use sensible mail clients don't get the Subject header mashed up, but those who use poor clients that can only filter on Subject can get the messages tagged.

Assuming the X-Spam-Flag header is being set to "YES" in your DATA ACL (if not, then modify accordingly), add a mantra like this to a suitable router that most mails are going to pass through: (A downside of this method is that if you have several "main" routers you may need to duplicate this code)

# Add a "*****SPAM***** " prefix to the Subject header, if the X-Spam-Flag header
# is set to 'YES' and the recipient has enabled spam_replace_subject
headers_remove = Subject
headers_add = ${if and{ {eq{$h_X-Spam-Flag:}{YES}} \
                        {eq{${lookup{$local_part@$domain}lsearch*{/path/to/spam_replace_subject} } }{1}} \
                      } \
                        {Subject: *****SPAM***** $h_Subject:} \
                        {Subject: $h_Subject:} \
               }

You will note that this refers to a file called /path/to/spam_replace_subject: this is a file containing lines like:

joe@example.com: 1
bob@example.com: 1
*:0

In this case, [joe@example.com](mailto:joe@example.com) and [bob@example.com](mailto:bob@example.com) are local users that want Subject line spam tagging. All other users (denoted by the "*" wildcard) don't.

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