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graham
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Spam Assassin

Post by graham » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:31 pm

Beginning yesterday a great deal of spam has been making it past spam assassin.

No change on my side with respect to settings there - did anything change with cpanel or spam assassin, or can in it be refreshed?

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Re: Spam Assassin

Post by porcupine » Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:02 am

Hi Graham,

I think you're on the www6 server. CPanel is supposed to update spamassassin's rulesets on a nightly basis. Doing a manual test, I see it is indeed up to date:

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[...]
[11143] dbg: channel: attempting channel updates.spamassassin.org
[11143] dbg: channel: update directory /var/lib/spamassassin/3.002004/updates_spamassassin_org
[11143] dbg: channel: channel cf file /var/lib/spamassassin/3.002004/updates_spamassassin_org.cf
[11143] dbg: channel: channel pre file /var/lib/spamassassin/3.002004/updates_spamassassin_org.pre
[11143] dbg: channel: metadata version = 895075
[11143] dbg: dns: 4.2.3.updates.spamassassin.org => 895075, parsed as 895075
[11143] dbg: channel: current version is 895075, new version is 895075, skipping channel
[11143] dbg: diag: updates complete, exiting with code 1
Chances are the spammers are just getting more clever, this periodically happens, it's a game of cat and mouse really.
Myles Loosley-Millman
Priority Colo Inc.
myles@prioritycolo.com
http://www.prioritycolo.com

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Re: Spam Assassin

Post by graham » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:31 am

You are indeed correct.

Perhaps the update failed on Tuesday night (well - first thing Wednesday). Spam started flowing through (with none hitting the spam collection folder) starting in the first minutes after midnight Tuesday night, and then started collecting capably again after midnight 24 hours later (last night).

Didn't feel like a rule change - as no email was being trapped. No timestamp on the channel update pasted, but I'd guess the nightly update is in or around the start of the new day (00:01:00 o'clock) and the services restarted.

All is well again, and the deluge is once again contained.

Thanks for checking in.

Graham.

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Re: Spam Assassin

Post by porcupine » Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:42 am

Very odd, but as long as it works :)
Myles Loosley-Millman
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