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Re: @debian.org email forwarding and SPF

* Andrew Pollock (apollock@debian.org) wrote:
> On Wed, May 19, 2004 at 03:58:08AM +0100, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > 
> > I've had this discussion with Marco before, so I'll save you some time
> > and summarise:
> > 
> > SPF is not designed to solve the spam problem. It will not solve the
> > spam problem.
> > 
> > Some people have been touting SPF as a solution to spam (this *is* an
> > application of the "solution in search of a problem" principle, more
> > or less).
> > 
> > Marco is ignoring all other applications of SPF, such as the ones it
> > was designed for, and only paying attention to people proposing it as
> > a solution to spam.
> > 
> So you mean to say that if debian.org started publishing an SPF record, did
> it's forwarding in the SPF-compliant manner, and I starting using SPF to
> filter my mail, it wouldn't stop the flood of virii riddled emails I've
> been getting lately from honey@d.o.? (Side note, it's really pissing me off,
> the SA score is negative a reasonable number, so it's well and truly getting
> through Spam Assassin).

Yes, it would. 
> I'm sure honey@d.o is not writing me these emails, and I certainly
> constitute it as spam, and I would have thought that SPF would have
> prevented this?

Indeed, it will. It won't prevent the virus from sending from a
non-SPF address, but the hope is many will adopt this. 

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