Re: [xmca] Empty Message Bodies

From: Kevin Rocap <Kevin.Rocap who-is-at>
Date: Wed Aug 15 2007 - 10:26:06 PDT

Hi Bruce,

Yes, I've had this problem a couple of times. When I e-mail from my
mail client (Thunderbird) I'm prompted to send as HTML only, HTML and
Text or Text Only. When I've sent as HTML it goes through blank, so
I've taken to sending as Text Only. I haven't tested with HTML and Text
to see what happens, but may just do that right now (after this
message). So please excuse a test. ;-)

In Peace,

Bruce Jones wrote:
> Recently we've seen a few messages with no body. The header is there but
> the text is not. It appears that some mail gateways are now stripping
> off message bodies if they appear to contain spam or viruses.
> As the crackers rachet up their efforts to install viruses via email
> messages we can expect the number of hosts that autuomatically strip
> such messages to increase.
> This is particularly a problem for mail programs (clients) like Outlook
> and MS Exchange that send, by default, base64 messages instead of
> plain (ascii) text messages. The body of such a message looks like
> a block of random characters, which is what many virus attachments look
> like as well.
> Whether or not you use Micro$oft's products, you might want to check
> your outgoing mail configuration and set your client so that it sends
> plain text messages. The gateways that strip off such text aren't
> the only ones out there who have a problem with base64 text.
> bj
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