Re: [Evolution] Check for duplicate messages

On Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 02:36:30PM -0400, Peter Williams wrote:
On Wed, 2002-08-28 at 14:14, Mertens Bram wrote:
On Wed, 2002-08-28 at 20:06, Antonio Bemfica wrote:
This is trivial to do using procmail (by checking the Message-ID
header). You can get a bit more sophisticated and do an MD5 hash of the
body of incoming messages and store it on a database (dbtool, for

If you or anyone else is interested I can post a recipe that does the

Well I certainly am interested!

I don't know anything about procmail though, would I have to configure
much to get this working?  I am running Evo 1.0.8 btw...

You don't want to detect duplicates based on message-id; it's trivial
for an attacker to prevent you from seeing a given message, and the same
problem could happen even without malicious intent.


What would an attacker gain by falsifying a message-id? I
dont wish to provoke jihad, but the keystroke sequence "D~=<CR>"
is all mutt needs to mark (all but 1) messages with duplicate ID's
for deletion. Of course this is the evolution list so most readers
probably are not using mutt. Perl's Mail::Audit tools could
probably do the job transparently.

MD5 Hash, even if it were instantaneous would not fit the bill for dup
messages that arise from CC artifacts. I guess you could combine
the 2 methods. Select deletion candidates by nominating via  
dup message-id and only run MD5 against header-striped versions
of the dup-ID nominations. Then delete all but 1 of the messages
that share the same MD5.

It would probably run pretty fast as long as you didn't need
a seperate image activation everytime you run MD5.


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