spamtest-virustest.txt   [plain text]

Spamtest and Virustest Extensions

Relevant Specifications

	RFC5235 - doc/rfc/spamvirustest.rfc5235.txt


Using the spamtest and virustest extensions (RFC 5235), the Sieve language 
provides a uniform and standardized command interface for evaluating spam and
virus tests performed on the message. Users no longer need to know what headers 
need to be checked and how the scanner's verdict is represented in the header 
field value. They only need to know how to use the spamtest (spamtestplus) and 
virustest extensions. This also gives GUI-based Sieve editors the means to 
provide a portable and easy to install interface for spam and virus filter 
configuration. The burden of specifying which headers need to be checked and
how the scanner output is represented falls onto the Sieve administrator.


The spamtest, spamtestplus and virustest extensions are not enabled by default
and thus need to be enabled explicitly using the sieve_extensions setting. 

The following settings need to be configured for using the spamtest and
spamtestplus extensions. The virustest extension has identical configuration
settings, but with a `sieve_virustest_' prefix instead of a `sieve_spamtest_'

sieve_spamtest_status_type = "score" / "strlen" / "text"
  This specifies the type of status result that the spam/virus scanner produces. 
  This can either be a numeric score ("score"), a string of identical characters 
  ("strlen"), e.g. '*******', or a textual description, e.g. `Spam'
  or `Not Spam'.  

sieve_spamtest_status_header = <header-field> [ ":" <regexp> ]
  This specifies the header field that contains the result information of the
  spam scanner and it may express the syntax of the content of the header. If
  no matching header is found in the message, the spamtest command will match 
  against "0". 

  This is a structured setting. The first part specifies the header field name. 
  Optionally, a POSIX regular expression follows the header field name, 
  separated by a colon. Any whitespace directly following the colon is not part
  of the regular expression. If the regular expression is ommitted, any header
  content is accepted and the full header value is used. When a regular
  expression is used, it must specify one match value (inside brackets) that 
  yields the desired spam scanner result. If the header does not match the
  regular expression or if no value match is found, the spamtest will match 
  against "0". 

sieve_spamtest_max_value = 
  This statically specifies the maximum value a numeric spam score can have. 

sieve_spamtest_max_header = <header-field> [ ":" <regexp> ]
  Some spam scanners include the maximum score value in one of their status
  headers. Using this setting, this maximum can be extracted from the message
  itself in stead of specifying the maximum manually using the setting
  `sieve_spamtest_max_value' explained above. The syntax is identical to the
  `sieve_spamtext_status_header' setting.

sieve_spamtest_text_valueX =
  When the `sieve_spamtest_status_type' setting is set to "text", these
  settings specify that the spamtest command will match against "X" when
  the specified string is equal to the text (extracted) from the status 
  header. For spamtest, values of X between 0 and 10 are recognized, while
  virustest only uses values between 0 and 5.


This section shows several configuration examples. Each example shows a
specimen of valid virus/spam test headers that the given configuration will
work on. 

Example 1

Spam header: `X-Spam-Score: No, score=-3.2'

plugin {
  sieve_extensions = +spamtest +spamtestplus

  sieve_spamtest_status_type = score
  sieve_spamtest_status_header = \
    X-Spam-Score: [[:alnum:]]+, score=(-?[[:digit:]]+\.[[:digit:]])
  sieve_spamtest_max_value = 5.0

Example 2

Spam header: `X-Spam-Status: Yes'

plugin {
  sieve_extensions = +spamtest +spamtestplus

  sieve_spamtest_status_type = text
  sieve_spamtest_status_header = X-Spam-Status
  sieve_spamtest_text_value1 = No
  sieve_spamtest_text_value10 = Yes

Example 3

Spam header: `X-Spam-Score: sssssss'

plugin {
  sieve_extensions = +spamtest +spamtestplus

  sieve_spamtest_status_header = X-Spam-Score
  sieve_spamtest_status_type = strlen
  sieve_spamtest_max_value = 5

Example 4

Spam header: `X-Spam-Score: status=3.2 required=5.0'
Virus header: `X-Virus-Scan: Found to be clean.'

plugin {
  sieve_extensions = +spamtest +spamtestplus +virustest

  sieve_spamtest_status_type = score
  sieve_spamtest_status_header = \
    X-Spam-Score: score=(-?[[:digit:]]+\.[[:digit:]]).*
  sieve_spamtest_max_header = \
   X-Spam-Score: score=-?[[:digit:]]+\.[[:digit:]] required=([[:digit:]]+\.[[:digit:]])

  sieve_virustest_status_type = text
  sieve_virustest_status_header = X-Virus-Scan: Found to be (.+)\.
  sieve_virustest_text_value1 = clean
  sieve_virustest_text_value5 = infected