[Esa-l] Outgoing Mail
Hisashi T Fujinaka
htodd at twofifty.com
Tue Aug 14 13:50:05 PDT 2001
Well, simply, screw your customers and screw yourself.
If you were the nice virus-unfriendly guy you think you are, how did you
get hit by the trojan in the first place?
Oh, never mind.
On Tue, 14 Aug 2001, Lee Howard wrote:
> At 01:17 AM 8/14/01 -0700, Hisashi T Fujinaka wrote:
> >And don't tell me your outbound mail server is so weak that it can't
> >handle the extra load.
> Let's use Anna Kornikova as an example. It's a good example in my case
> because I know about its effects on my own mail server intimately. It hit
> before the virus signature was in any definitions file, and it propagated
> by e-mail.
> The real danger with Anna Kornikova was not workstation damage, but rather
> mail server DoS because of mail overload. I had *one* user become infected
> with this mail worm (due to their stupidity in defanging the attachment and
> running it), and it brought my AMD K6-2/500 mail server to its knees
> because of the immediate volume of outbound mail which the worm created,
> including mail being sent to bogus addresses and bogus domains.
> *IF* I had outbound mail filtering also, I would have *tripled* the mail
> volume because of the notifications, etc, being sent. That would not have
> been healthy to anybody else who uses our mail server.
> Sacrifice my mail server to protect the "innocent" bystander? Sacrifice
> the clean mail intended to other clients to DoS because of my obsession to
> scan outbound traffic? Nay.
> So the answer, quite frankly, is no, my outbound mail server is too weak to
> handle the extra load, and as I've been trying to say I sincerely believe
> that nobody's is.
Hisashi T Fujinaka - htodd at twofifty.com
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