SpamAssassin Rule could be adding to high scores for all mail received in 2010

The following information has been posted at http://spamassassin.apache.org/

Y2K10 Rule Bug – Update Your Rules Now!

2010-01-01:

Versions of the FH_DATE_PAST_20XX rule released with versions of Apache SpamAssassin 3.2.0 thru 3.2.5 will trigger on most mail with a Date header that includes the year 2010 or later. The rule will add a score of up to 3.6 towards the spam classification of all email. You should take corrective action immediately; there are two easy ways to correct the problem:

* If your system is configured to use sa-update run sa-update now. An update is available that will correct the rule. No further action is necessary (other than restarting spamd or any service that uses SpamAssassin directly).

* Add “score FH_DATE_PAST_20XX 0” without the quotes to the end of your local.cf file to disable the rule.

If you require help updating your rules to correct this issue you are encouraged to ask for assistance on the Apache SpamAssassin Users’ list. Users’ mailing list info is here.

On behalf of the Apache SpamAssassin project I apologize for this error and the grief it may have caused you.

Regards,

Daryl C. W. O’Shea

VP, Apache SpamAssassin

If you are using SpamAssassin with your anti-spam service, please make sure that you perform these updates ASAP. And it’s a good idea to look closely at mail received since the beginning of the year to see if there is anything of importance that was flagged as spam due to this rule!

Happy New Year.

Danita