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AD7six 10-23-2013 01:33 PM

spamassassin, whitelists and config

I have some doubts about how using the whitelist function is supposed to work

Whilst sending emails from to they were detected as spam - which isn't that surprising as it was a spam report. To get around this I added to the whitelist. I expected this to mean the user would skip spam filtering, but that doesn't seem to be the case:


2013-10-23 09:00:30 Accepted from to by whitelist.
2013-10-23 09:00:30 1VYuIo-0002a9-1z DKIM: s=20120113 c=relaxed/relaxed a=rsa-sha256 [verification succeeded]
2013-10-23 09:00:35 1VYuIo-0002a9-1z [] F=<> rejected after DATA: Content analisis tool detect spam (from to Contact The System Administrator.

Changing the spam required-score also didn't do what's expected:


It looks like the file was written twice, back to the default required score of 5.0 (or am I misreading that =)).

After these changes mails from are still processed for spam and still rejected


2013-10-23 11:31:21 1VYumY-00035P-Ss [] F=<> rejected after DATA: Content analisis tool detect spam (from to Contact The System Administrator.
Envelope-from: <>
Envelope-to: <>
P Received: from ([])
    by with esmtps (TLS1.0:RSA_ARCFOUR_SHA1:128)
    (Exim 4.80)
    (envelope-from <>)
    id 1VYumY-00035P-Ss
    for; Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:31:15 +0200
P Received: by with SMTP id c11so497678wgh.2
        for <>; Wed, 23 Oct 2013 02:31:14 -0700 (PDT)
  DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed;; s=20120113;
  MIME-Version: 1.0
  X-Received: by with SMTP id ca5mr655001wjc.19.1382520674000;
 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 02:31:14 -0700 (PDT)
P Received: by with HTTP; Wed, 23 Oct 2013 02:31:13 -0700 (PDT)
  In-Reply-To: <>
  References: <>
  Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:31:13 +0200
I Message-ID: <>
  Subject: Correos de spam
F From: Andy Dawson <>
T To:
  Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary=089e01493c5aab420d04e9652d5e
  X-Spam_score: 5.6
  X-Spam_score_int: 56
  X-Spam_bar: +++++
  X-Spam_report: Spam detection software, running on the system "", has
 identified this incoming email as possible spam.  The original message
 has been attached to this so you can view it (if it isn't spam) or label
 similar future email.  If you have any questions, see
 the administrator of that system for details.

 Content preview:  email summary [...]

 Content analysis details:  (5.6 points, 8.0 required)

I got around the problem by adding to spamassassin's whitelist manually - but of course that's a change that'll disappear whenever spamassassin is restarted =).

So in summary

How can I successfully whitelist an email so that it passes the spam filter?
How can I change the spam required-score such that it takes effect?



Maquisard 10-24-2013 08:08 AM

Do you have user spamassassin enabled for
In such case, whitelist has no effect.

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