I am sure those who want to contribute to the attachment debate has now
Now here is where we stand...
It is clear from Dave's contribution that, the current version of the
LISTSERV program for managing the list cannot chop-off attachments to
messages posted to the list. That leaves us with implementing the Sizelim=
Dave also pointed out that most posts have no more than 100-200 lines and
Patrick suggested about 500 lines limit (unless 'pay-per-byte' users object
and suggest something lower).
It is obvious from the debate that we are not going to solve the virus
problem by limiting the number of lines of postings... since as Irfan
puts it...."the size of the (in)famous "Happy99" virus is around 10 KB,
which comes to around 250 lines when UUencoded. There are thousands of
viruses and rogue programs which are smaller than the above mentioned one."
Implementing the Sizelim= parameter option is therefore at best a half
solution to the problem. But again we have to do something for now and
explore other possibilities later. ,,,
Here is my suggestion... we set the line limit to about 350 (unless
are registered) We can always monitor the situation for some time and
increase or decrease this if the need be.
Needless to say that... the best defense against virus is vigilance on list
and implementing some virus protection/detection at the desktop end. If
anything at all I am sure we've all taken home an invaluable lesson from
this experience .. never open an unsolicited attachment without screening
Let me take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the role of
colleagues like Patrick, Joris and others who moved with speed to contain
the latest problem. Thanks guys...much appreciated..
On a lighter note... has any one seen or heard from our good friend the Dr.
from down South (to the west of Henry Watermeyer's country) during this
crisis!! ... it is unusual not getting a comment or two from him on matters
of such gravity... Perhaps he has been following the debate and concluded
that.. this is just another 'cyberstorm in a tea-cup' .. no need to
Clement Dzidonu PhD.
President & CEO
International Institute for
Information Technology (INIIT)
P.O Box AN-19782
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