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"This email contains no date"... parser bug?


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One more "clever forgery", AFAICT: A Received line before (below) my own ISP says the mail was got "with HTTP" with no date. Here is the tracking URL: http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z5984690981z6...e5f197f14e9a5dz

I posted it before as a new topic and got rebuffed with "There are already lots of topics on that subject. Go to one of them." Topic closed.

Indeed, searching for "email contains date" returns so many threads that I don't know which one to elect. If this one isn't the right one either, please move http://forum.spamcop.net/forums/index.php?...&st=0 to where it belongs rather than just tell me "This isn't the right place! Go away!".

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Thanks Tony - yes SC needs to know when these header misconfigurations (more likely than clever forgeries, I think) occur. Generally posts in "Reporting Problems" like topic http://forum.spamcop.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=13167 are more likely to snag the attention of the staff and there are already examples involving t-online.de there to demonstrate the continuity of the problem. And Tracking URLs only last 90 days and if "New Features" gets looked at all it is probably on a longer time-frame. Decisions, decisions, let's move it from "New Features" http://forum.spamcop.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=14312 to this one, just noting where it came from.

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Thanks Tony - yes SC needs to know when these header misconfigurations (more likely than clever forgeries, I think) occur. Generally posts in "Reporting Problems" like topic http://forum.spamcop.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=13167 are more likely to snag the attention of the staff and there are already examples involving t-online.de there to demonstrate the continuity of the problem. And Tracking URLs only last 90 days and if "New Features" gets looked at all it is probably on a longer time-frame. Decisions, decisions, let's move it from "New Features" http://forum.spamcop.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=14312 to this one, just noting where it came from.

Thanks Farelf. When the site's Google search feature told me "about 2,480 results found" (all with some variation of "This email contains no date" as the topic title) I daresay that it was an understatement to say I was baffled.

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Instead of aborting on a Received line lacking a date, couldn't the parser fall back on the date in the Received line above that (the one from the router which received the message from that misconfigured server)? I don't think it likely that all the Received lines (including those from the reporter's mailhosts) would lack a date; I had thought at first to use the Date line as a kind of ultimate fallback, but that line can be "doctored" by the spammer.

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I posted it before as a new topic and got rebuffed with "There are already lots of topics on that subject. Go to one of them." Topic closed.

Indeed, searching for "email contains date" returns so many threads that I don't know which one to elect. If this one isn't the right one either, please move http://forum.spamcop.net/forums/index.php?...&st=0 to where it belongs rather than just tell me "This isn't the right place! Go away!".

...Sorry, Tony. I posted something of an explanation for why I chose to do what I did but it seems to have been removed with the very recent Forum updgrade sad.png <frown>.

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...Sorry, Tony. I posted something of an explanation for why I chose to do what I did but it seems to have been removed with the very recent Forum updgrade sad.png <frown>.

I got your three answers by email notification, no worry; and I seem to have been in a bad mood when I saw your former answer and lock, but that is over and done with :-) Sorry I didn't reply faster but I've been busy AFK this week.

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