Re: [Evolution] Re: FRQ: Pipe incoming mail through AntiVirus tools

While I fully agree with Jeff on the lack of need for virus checking
software (a wondefully self-supporting industry built on humanities
favourite emotion - fear, and stupid software), the implementation
requirements in evolution, an input<>output filter, are *already* met.

You can trivially hook a virus scanner, just as you can a spam filter,
or a mail statistics engine, into evolution 1.1.x.  In the future you
will be able to hook a program which modifies the mail as well - this is
a planned feature, and is probably only a days work (much less if we do
some refactoring of the pgp code, or use guile for the filters).

On Sat, 2002-07-13 at 04:21, Jeffrey Stedfast wrote:
On Fri, 2002-07-12 at 07:15, Marcus Franke wrote:
Am Fre, 2002-07-12 um 12.15 schrieb Anton J Aylward, CISSP:
On Fri, 2002-07-12 at 00:34, Jeffrey Stedfast wrote:

Along the same lines, solving problems that are already solved is also a
waste of time (if you want a virus scanner for your email, this is best
done on the SERVER not the CLIENT).

Damn Right!
And in a corporate setting the likelihood of a mail gateway or central
server is much greater.

What about the home user then? Im pretty sure that some of my
friends use Linux on their desktops, but I doubt that more than
one or two beside me use fetchmail to get their mails..

Having client-side IMAP virus-scan filters in Evolution won't help you
here either.

Please... just think 2 minutes. Just *2 minutes* about the virus problem
and you will conclude that the BEST and ONLY place to have this type of
filtering is server-side. As soon as it is client-side, it's too late.
If the virus can affect the client software, then you've just been
infected. Game over.

Windows users are used to mail clients that fetch the mails 
directly from the server.. You won't get them all to configure
fetchmail and procmail an avmailgate..

You won't be able to get these people to virus scan either. Again,
another + for server-side filtering.

And the possibility to hook some antivirus application into evolution
to scan for viruses in the mailbox will give place for companies to
sell such solutions to the end-users that switch from one desktop to
"our" desktop..

Yes, because after all this solves all the problems of viruses. This
does nothing but open a market for companies that would otherwise not
exist. How does this solve the problem of viruses? It doesn't. It has a
better chance of solving unemployment than it does anti-viruses (and it
won't solve unemployment either).


Jeffrey Stedfast
Evolution Hacker - Ximian, Inc.
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