News archive May 2004 - Koos van den Hout

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2004-05-31 To McAfee, re: antivirus autoresponse
Quoting who wrote on Wed, May 19, 2004 at 01:12:32PM +0000:

> This is an automated response. PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE.
> detected the virus W32/Netsky.p@MM in a message to with subject
> Mail Delivery (failure from and it was
> Deleted.

I am astounded by the fact that even McAfee, who are in the antivirus
business long enough to know that a lot of virusses fake the From: address,
still send these replies on virusses where it is a known fact.

Even your own virus database knows this. Quoting

"Note: Receiving an email alert stating that the virus came from your
email address is not an indication that you are infected as the virus
often forges the from address."

"The worm sends mails using SMTP. Email sent has the following

From: (forged address taken from infected system)"

It's 2004. Update your mail virus scanner to not send mail on recieving a
virus that uses a fake From:. Start delivering updated mail virus scanners
to your customers today.

I am awaiting apologies to the Internet community for continuing to
assist in sending unwanted and unnecessary e-mail to people not sending the

Koos van den Hout

Note: I sent this reply to McAfee on 25 May, no response at this moment.

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2004-05-31 (#)
And the current winner of the competition for most stupid antivirus autoreply is McAfee, who manage to have their own mail-gateway send replies to the From: address of a virus they themselves know fakes From: addresses. McAfee fails the simple 'enough clue to be on the Internet' test in a major way. See my reply to McAfee. No response has been received.

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2004-05-27 (#)
I'm at the NLUUG conference today. With enough wireless Internet access to update this.

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2004-05-24 (#)
Visited the UK (Dover area) last weekend. Nice views of the Dover cliffs and the beaches. Visited the Phileas Fogg restaurant in Broadstairs again.

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