[Nottingham] Challenge-Response systems

Peter Chang Peter.Chang at nottingham.ac.uk
Fri Nov 4 17:09:35 GMT 2005

On Fri, 4 Nov 2005, Martin wrote:

> Peter Chang wrote:
> [---]
> > But the system in question has asked me more than once even though I have
> > never sent emails directly to it! And no, I don't want to be validated.
> Real or forged or collateral damage from SPAM with your email address 
> forged in there?

Nope, it seems like it has bugs and issued its last challenge in response
to my replying to Java Lynx's email of 11th August.

> > This message has been checked for viruses but the contents of an
> attachment
> Are you the unlucky victim of another victim that has your email address 
> in their Outlook Express (or other) address book?

I have been but I don't see how that's relevant to the quoted text.


PS Here's all the gory details of the challenge (several emails amended to
protect the innocent):

>From antispam at tuxgames.com
Return-path: <antispam at tuxgames.com>
Envelope-to: etzpc at unix dot ccc.nottingham.ac.uk
Delivery-date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 21:09:35 +0100
Received: from britten.is.nottingham.ac.uk ([])
	by drayton.ccc.nottingham.ac.uk with esmtp (Exim 4.30)
	id 1E3JMt-0002LE-Dv
	for etzpc at unix.ccc.nottingham.ac.uk; Thu, 11 Aug 2005 21:09:35 +0100
Received: from tuxgames.com ([])
	by britten.is.nottingham.ac.uk with esmtp (Exim 3.36 #2)
	id 1E3JMx-00068u-00
	for peter dot chang at nottingham.ac.uk; Thu, 11 Aug 2005 21:09:39
Received: from antispam by tuxgames.com with local (Exim 4.43)
	id 1E3JMp-0000j3-2p; Thu, 11 Aug 2005 21:09:31 +0100
From: Tux Games Anti-Spam System <antispam at tuxgames.com>
To: peter dot chang at nottingham.ac.uk,nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk
Subject: Tux Games Antispam - Your message is being held
Reply-To: antispam at tuxgames.com
Message-Id: <E1E3JMp-0000j3-2p at tuxgames.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 21:09:31 +0100
X-MailScanner-Information: Please contact
    staff-it-helpline at nottingham.ac.uk for more information
X-MailScanner: Found to be clean
X-MailScanner-From: antispam at tuxgames.com

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