What does the mailscanner do to email attachments?

Attachments with suspicious file extensions (e.g. exe) will be renamed automatically: e.g., USELESS_EYE_CANDY.EXE would be renamed to USELESS_EYE_CANDY.DEFANGED12345-EXE, so that one cannot open the attachment thoughtlessly by double-clicking. The attachment first has to be saved to the hard disk and to be renamed to USELESS_EYE_CANDY.EXE before it can be opened.

Note: The mailscanner feature is not the same as the antivirus.

Till Brehm

About Till Brehm

Over 20 years experience as Software Developer and Linux System Administrator. Till Brehm is the founder and lead developer of the ISPConfig Hosting Control Panel software (since 2000) and he founded HowtoForge in 2005 as a place to share Linux knowledge with other Linux enthusiasts.

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This is how to change attachement rename settings:

  1.  Edit: /root/ispconfig/isp/conf/html-trap.rc.master
  2. Search for: MANGLE_EXTENSIONS=
  3. You can see extensions are separated by pipes | so you can easily remove as many as you want. (f.ex: do[ct] for Word)


Your new settings will ONLY affect new users. To change for existing users do the same changes in file: /var/www/web<x>/user/web<x>_<user>/.html-trap.rc