[volunteers] [PenLUG] Help / Ideas needed for next week's

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Sun Jan 21 14:51:11 PST 2007

I can talk about One Laptop Per Child, as I did recently at SVLUG. I
am also available to talk about spam, I18n, and the Open Voting
Consortium. We are porting Linux to a Diebold touch-screen voting
machine so it can run our software and print ballots.

On 1/19/07, Alvin Oga <alvin at mail.linux-consulting.com> wrote:
> hi ya mark
> > mark weisler wrote:
> >
> > Something on my mind is the future of SMTP (mail) given all the spam problems
> fun issue ..
> ask 10 (ten) peole how they solve it and you'll get 50 ( 5-0 ) different and distinct answers
> > I'm just about ready to ask Postini if they would speak to our LUG(s).
> sounds like a good idea .. since they're down the street
> baracuda claims to have lots o corp clients, and some of my custsomers
> uses them to clean their emails
> ironport uses a modified spam-assassin and was jsut bought out for $800M by cisco
> whom also claims to have more corp clients than baracuda
> "corp clients" does matter because:
> a) they have real $$ to spend
> b) they will change to another vendor if the current one does not solve
>    the spam problem
> c) the clients understand there are several problems with filtering spam
> d) there seems to be very very few spam that gets thru those outsourced filters
> - i wonder what people think about when they find out their corp emails is
>   flagged to be read sometimes manually to filter out spam
>         - it's corp mail so "free speech" and privacy does not come into play
>         - i'm sure the ceo and cfo and coo have their own private mail address
>         with encryption turned on to "talk" to each other
> > * Are we getting to the point where mail server administration is more than=
> > most individuals or smaller shops can reasonably handle?
> we've been way past that point for a while ...
> otherwise, the outsourced corp spam filter house would not have been growing
> > * What can Postini tell us about special processing techniques they use to
> > manage spam?
> i'm not sure they'll get too much into the details of their recipe for their
> golden egg .. but still would be good to hear from them
> > * What role might cryptography play in managing spam (by, in part, clearly=
> > identifying the mail originator)
> a spammer that does NOT change the body of the content is a "dummy" spammer
> md5 on the body ( spam contents ) will always be the same if they do
> not change the body, even if its the first line of: dear "sucker"
> if the body is dynamically changed, a 1 second solution, that'd render all
> ( content based ) md5 based spam filter methods useless
>         - say 5 minute of perl hack should be able to set you up with a
>         perl based md5 spam filter ... any subsequent incoming email
>         with the same md5 is most likely ( 99.999999999% ) spam
> there's gazillion spam filter rules for the gazillion+1 spammer methodologies
> -------
> i have collected all the ip#, domain names, sender's email addy of any
> incoming spam ... and have seen a drop of incoming spams from a few
> thousand a day to a few hundred now which implies most all spams come
> from the same (spammers mta) sources
>         host# grep REJECT access | wc -l
>         19899
> c ya
> alvin
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Edward Cherlin
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