[svlug] Email length

Deirdre Saoirse deirdre at deirdre.net
Mon May 15 15:45:08 PDT 2000


On Mon, 15 May 2000, Ray Olszewski wrote:

> I recall some discussion here, a week or so ago, about using filtering
> rules, at the MTA level, to block the local delivery of "active content"
> components of messages ... the context was as a way of blocking the spread
> of things like the "ILOVEYOU" worm. Do you feel that such actions are
> equally inappropriate?

I personally have no problem of stripping non-text MIME parts from email
messages to mailing lists. But typically that's done by the mailing list
manager software and NOT the MTA. Thus, I'd have to concur with Derek's
statement.

> At 12:33 PM 5/15/00 -0700, Derek J. Balling wrote:
> >At 09:44 AM 5/15/00 -0700, Emmanuel-Robert Mayssat wrote:
> >>A better way to enforce 76 char/line would be to configure the MTA
> >>( mail server ) to do the job.
> >
> >No. An MTA must _NEVER_ dick with the contents of the message. The MTA does 
> >not know what standard is necessary for the content contained within, nor 
> >SHOULD it care. It is a TRANSPORT agent, just as the acronym states. It has 
> >nothing to do with CONTENT whatsoever.

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