Subject: RE: SPAM Alert: Email Address Harvesting
To: Conrad T. Pino <>
From: Richard Rauch <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/03/2004 16:25:57

One minor contention:

This is *not* the best forum for discussing things that will affect all
users of the mailing lists.

Sadly, there is no ideal forum, but "netbsd-users" would be far better
than "current-users", as "current-users" is really aimed at those who
are using NetBSD-current (probably a minority).  This issue has nothing
in particular to do with NetBSD-current.

Re. some kind of SMTP replacement: Could something based on server-signing
(via PGP or similar) work?  Larger servers might need more processing power,
but that keeps getting cheaper...  At the very least, you could return the
signed message to the supposed signer and ask them to verify if they did in
fact forward it (i.e., can they verify the signature).

This would at least simplify tracking the origins of spam...and if you
can verify signatures with public keys, you can even throw out mail that
has bad signatures.

(This side-thread also has nothing to do with NetBSD-current, and even
little to do with NetBSD at all.  (^&)

  "I probably don't know what I'm talking about."