Disclaimer

Custom or third-party rules described here are not part of the official SpamAssassin distribution. They may have a different license and are not from the Apache Software Foundation.

Available Custom Rulesets

Listed below are several custom rulesets that are available as "drop in" .cf files. To use these rules, just place the file in /etc/mail/spamassassin (if you use spamD, be sure to restart). Before running these rules please do the following:

  1. Read any extra info available with the rules, including the comments in the .cf files.
  2. Check to make sure that the default scores in these rules fit your installation. You might want to modify scores.
  3. Make sure to --lint the rules after loading them.
  4. Test the new rulesets. Keep an eye on hits from the new rules to determine if the scoring is right for you.

Use at your own risk.


Status Information BR Active: Ruleset is actively updated and maintained BR Locked: Ruleset is not actively updated, but is fine to run and considered "stable" BR Defunct: Ruleset is no longer maintained, may be out of date or have problems BR BR Auto-update: Author/Maintainer has given permission to use scripts to automate the download of the ruleset BR Please respect the wishes of the authors and/or the site hostsBR Users of the latest version on SpamAssassin should use sa-update, not Rules Du Jour, for auto-updates. This documented elsewhere in the Wiki and rulesets such as SARE.


antidrug.cf BR antidrug.cf is a set of rules designed to catch those pesky "pill spams".BR Created by: Matt Kettler BR Contact: mkettler_sa@verizon.net BR License Type: Artistic/GPL dual BR Status: Inactive BR Auto-update: Yes, subject to change if Verizon later objects to the practice. Note: at this time the ruleset is not actively being updated.BR Available at: http://mysite.verizon.net/mkettler_sa/antidrug.cf BR Mirror: N/A BR Note: Matt Kettler says "It may not be appropriate for a medical or pharmecutical environment. If in doubt, adjust the scores of all the rules to 0.01 and see if they fire off on your daily nonspam."BR Note: SA 3.0.0 documentation indicates that much of this rule set has been incorporated into that version. This file is unnecessary with SA 3.0.0 or higher and may downgrade any improvements contributed directly to the standard ruleset. ONLY use antidrug if you are stuck on SA 2.6x for some reason. Sample Results: MasscheckAntidrug (rev 0.65 04/28/2004)

backhair.cfBR backhair is a set of rules designed to catch those ugly, unsightly HTML tags. BR Created by: Jennifer Wheeler BR Contact: TBD BR License Type: TBD BR Status: Locked BR Auto-update: No BR Available at: http://www.emtinc.net/includes/backhair.cf BR Mirror: [http://www.rulesemporium.com/rules.htm rulesemporium.com]BR More information on Jennifer's rules: http://www.emtinc.net/spamhammers.htm BR NOTE: Early versions of Rules Du Jour included this set in its default config. This set is now considered "stable" and is no longer actively updated. Please do not use auto-update scriptsBR Note: This is a fairly aggressive ruleset that can hit on UUencoded attachments...BR Note: SA 3.0.0 documentation indicates that much of this rule set has been incorporated into that version. This file is unnecessary with SA 3.0.0. Sample Results: MasscheckBackhair (Version 1.5 2004-01-21)

bogus-virus-warnings.cf BR bogus-virus-warnings tries to pick out 'collateral spam' caused by viruses. BR Created by: Tim Jackson with contributions from othersBR Contact: TBD BR License Type: TBD BR Status: Active BR Auto-update: Yes BR Available at: http://www.timj.co.uk/linux/bogus-virus-warnings.cf BR More information on Tim's rules: http://www.timj.co.uk/linux/sa.php BR Note: Main aim is to catch warnings generated by virus scanners along the lines of "you sent us virus", which are sent to the (usually faked) 'senders' of virus-infected e-mails. Contains many "black-and-white" very-high-scoring rules.BR Sample Results: MasscheckBogusVirus (version 1.69 2004-03-04) BR

chickenpox.cf BR chickenpox is a set of rules designed to catch spam like "l.ooks f|or th.is kind of garb+age"BR Created by: Jennifer Wheeler BR Contact: TBD BR License Type: TBD BR Status: Locked BR Auto-update: No BR Available at: http://www.emtinc.net/includes/chickenpox.cf BR Mirror: [http://www.rulesemporium.com/rules.htm rulesemporium.com]BR NOTE: Early versions of Rules Du Jour included this set in its default config. This set is now considered "stable" and is no longer actively updated. Please do not use auto-update scriptsBR More information on Jennifer's rules: http://www.emtinc.net/spamhammers.htm BR Sample Results: MasscheckChickenpox (Version 1.15 2004-02-06)BR Chickenpox rules are BROKEN for non-English text, they treat all accented characters as non-letters!

evilnumbers.cf BR evilnumbers is a collection of phone numbers, PO boxes and street addresses harvested from spam.BR Created by: Matt Yackley BR Contact: sare@yackley.org BR License Type: Artistic BR Status: Active BR Auto-update: Yes - Please try to keep checks down to no more then once every 24 hours BR Available at: http://www.rulesemporium.com/rules/evilnumbers.cf BR Extras: Localized language packs available at the link below. BR Mirror: [http://www.yackley.org/sa-rules yackley.org]BR More information on Matt Yackley's rules: http://www.yackley.org/sa-rules BR Sample Results: MasscheckEvilNumbers (Version: 1.12k 03/31/2004) BR

Malware Block List BR The Malware Block List is a free, automated and user contributed system for checking URLs for the presence of Viruses, Trojans, Worms, or any other software considered Malware. The list of URLs that point to Malware is available and formatted for using on SpamAssassin. BR Created by: Andre Correa BR Contact: andre.correa@pobox.com BR License Type: GPL BR Status: Active BR Auto-update: Yes - Please try to keep checks down to no more then once every 4 hours BR Auto-update: Preferred method http via http://www.malware.com.br/cgi/submit?action=list_sa BR More information: http://www.malware.com.br BR Note: This link is not a .cf file, you will need to save it with a .cf extension. Please visit the site for information on automatic updating procedure.

sa-blacklist BR sa-blacklist is a large set of blacklist entries of domains and IP addresses. BR Note: IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED YOU DO NOT USE THIS RULESET, SEE OutOfMemoryProblems BR Created by: William Stearns BR Contact: wstearns@pobox.com BR License Type: GPL BR Status: Active BR Auto-update: Yes - Please try to keep checks down to no more then once every 4 hours BR Auto-update: Preferred method rsync via rsync.sa-blacklist.stearns.org::wstearns/sa-blacklist/ BR Available at: http://www.sa-blacklist.stearns.org/sa-blacklist/sa-blacklist.current BR Available at: ftp://ftp.sa-blacklist.stearns.org/pub/wstearns/sa-blacklist/sa-blacklist.current BR Mirror: [ftp://ftp.bascom.com/pub/wstearns/sa-blacklist/ ftp.bascom.com] BR More information on Bill's rules: http://www.sa-blacklist.stearns.org/sa-blacklist/README BR Note: IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED YOU DO NOT USE THIS RULESET, SEE OutOfMemoryProblems BR Note: These are blacklist entries and will tag emails on their own! This link is not a .cf file, you will need to save it with a .cf extension.

sa-blacklist-uri.cf BR sa-blacklist-uri is a large set of URIs BR Note: IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED YOU DO NOT USE THIS RULESET, SEE OutOfMemoryProblems BR Created by: William Stearns BR Contact: wstearns@pobox.com BR License Type: GPL BR Status: Active BR Auto-update: Yes - Please try to keep checks down to no more then once every 4 hours BR Auto-update: Preferred method rsync via rsync.sa-blacklist.stearns.org::wstearns/sa-blacklist/ BR Available at: http://www.sa-blacklist.stearns.org/sa-blacklist/sa-blacklist.current.uri.cf BR Available at: ftp://ftp.sa-blacklist.stearns.org/pub/wstearns/sa-blacklist/sa-blacklist.current.uri.cf BR More information on Bill's rules: http://www.sa-blacklist.stearns.org/sa-blacklist/README BR Mirror: [ftp://ftp.bascom.com/pub/wstearns/sa-blacklist/ ftp.bascom.com] BR Note: The idea behind this list is similar to bigevil, but are pulled together from different spam. These rules are "flat" ie, one entry per rule, which uses more memory than combining multiple entries into one rule. This should not be an issue if you have lots of memory or a lighter mail load.BR Note: IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED YOU DO NOT USE THIS RULESET, SEE OutOfMemoryProblems BR Sample Results: MasscheckBlacklist (2004030403)

sa-random.cf BR sa-random searches for spamware mistakes like: %RANDOM_WORD BR Created by: William Stearns BR Contact: wstearns@pobox.com BR License Type: GPL BR Status: Active BR Auto-update: Yes - Please try to keep checks down to no more then once every 4 hours BR Auto-update: Preferred method rsync via rsync.sa-blacklist.stearns.org::wstearns/sa-blacklist/ BR Available at: http://www.sa-blacklist.stearns.org/sa-blacklist/random.current.cf BR Available at: ftp://ftp.sa-blacklist.stearns.org/pub/wstearns/sa-blacklist/random.current.cf BR Mirror: [ftp://ftp.bascom.com/pub/wstearns/sa-blacklist/ ftp.bascom.com] BR More information on Bill's rules: http://www.sa-blacklist.stearns.org/sa-blacklist/README BR Sample Results: MasscheckRandom (release: 2004030501)

sought.cf BR an automatically-generated ruleset which seeks good rules directly from the SpamAssassin spamtraps, updated every 4 hours BR Created by: Justin Mason BR Contact: jm@jmason.org BR License Type: same as SpamAssassin BR Status: Active BR Auto-update: Yes, via sa-update only BR Available at: http://taint.org/2007/08/15/004348a.html (via sa-update only) BR More information: SoughtRules BR

tripwire.cf BR tripwire searches for 3 characters that shouldn't be together.BR Created by: Fred Tarasevicius BR Contact: tech2@i-is.com BR License Type: TBD BR Status: TBD BR Auto-update: TBD BR Available at: http://www.rulesemporium.com/rules/99_FVGT_Tripwire.cf BR Note: These rules are based on the English language, due to the number of rules that can be triggered, problem have been reported by exim users that it can cause the header to go over the byte limit of the exim header limits, also MS Outlook can have problems with rules that look for "message headers" due to a unknown size limit in the amount of headers it will search.BR Sample Results: MasscheckTripwire (Version 1.17)

French Rules BR Catches spams written in French.BR Created by: Maxime RitterBR Contact: mritter@alussinan.org BR License Type: Public Domain BR Status: Active BR Auto-update: On the mirror (updates of the mirror are automatic) BR Available at: [http://maxime.ritter.eu.org/Spam/french_rules.cf] BR GPG-signature: [http://maxime.ritter.eu.org/Spam/french_rules.cf.sig Yes] BR Mirror: [http://airmex.nerim.net/rule-get/french_rules.cf][[BR]] More information on my site : (in French only at the moment) : [http://maxime.ritter.eu.org/article.php3?id_article=11] BR Sample Results: None yet.

Romanian Rules BR Catches spams written in Romanian or by Romanian spammers.BR Created by: INTERSOL SRLBR License Type: Public Domain BR Status: Active BR Auto-update: On the mirror (updates of the mirror are automatic) BR Available at: [http://www.intersol.ro/blacklist_ro.cf] BR More information on our site : (in Romanian only at the moment) : [http://www.intersol.ro/anti-spam] BR

Airmax.cf BR Misc rules I use. Use them if you find them usefull. BR Created by: Maxime RitterBR Contact: mritter@alussinan.org BR License Type: Public Domain BR Status: Active BR Auto-update: On the mirror (auto-updated) BR Available at: [http://maxime.ritter.eu.org/Spam/airmax.cf] BR GPG-signature: [http://maxime.ritter.eu.org/Spam/airmax.cf.sig Yes]BR Mirror: [http://airmex.nerim.net/rule-get/airmax.cf] BR More information on my site : (in French only at the moment) : [http://maxime.ritter.eu.org/article.php3?id_article=11] BR Sample Results: None yet.

Chinese Rules BR Rules to catch spams written in Chinese.BR Created by: Quang-Anh Tran, at CCERT Anti-Spam TeamBR Contact: chenguangying@tsinghua.org.cn BR License Type: Apache License BR Status: Active BR Available at: [http://www.ccert.edu.cn/spam/sa/Chinese_rules.cf] BR More information (in Chinese): [http://www.ccert.edu.cn/spam/sa/Chinese_rules.htm] BR Note : Rules and scores are updated once a week by using spams reported to the anti-spam service of CCERT in the last 3 months. BR Sample Results: MasscheckChineserules

GEE Whiz Chinese Ruleset BR We developed a set of SpamAssassin rules which apply to Simplified Chinese, based on GB2312. They include head rules, phrase rules.BR Created by: Zhong(Adam) Wang at Submersion CorporationBR Contact: adamwang@submersion.com BR License Type: GPL BR Status: Active BR Available at: (no longer available) BR More detail: (no longer available) BR Note : Rules are masschecked by CCERT.BR Sample Results: MasscheckGeeWhizChineseRuleset

I cleaned up part of GEE Whiz Chinese Ruleset which take forever to run mass-check and run perceptron to rescore the Ruleset Available at: [http://mcli.homelinux.org:8080/apache2-default/spam] BR Contact: mchun.li@gmail.com BR

MIME Validation Ruleset BR This is a tiny set of rules, designed to find MIME errors commonly encountered in mails sent by the bulk mailers used by spammers.BR Created by: Byteplant GmbHBR Contact: nstsupport@byteplant.com BR License Type: GPL BR Status: Active BR Available at: [http://www.nospamtoday.com/download/mime_validate.cf] BR Sample Results: None yet.

German Language RulesetBR Catches german language SPAM. Please report your german SPAM with full headersBR Created by: Michael Monnerie ( [http://it-management.at] )BR Contact: sare-german@zmi.at BR License Type: Artistic ([http://www.rulesemporium.com/license.txt])[[BR]] Status: Active BR Available at: Rules Du Jour Ruleset name ZMI_GERMANBR Available at: [http://zmi.at/x/70_zmi_german.cf][[BR]] Sample Results: None yet.

Polish Language RulesetBR Catches Polish language spam; moved from the Spamassassin distribution after SA 3.1.8.BR Created by: <radek at alter dot pl>, contributions by <adek at ines dot wonlok dot com dot pl>BR Contact: <radek at alter dot pl>BR License Type: Apache Software License 2.0BR Status: ? BR Available at: BodyTestsPlBR Sample Results: None yet.

Greek Language RulesetBR Catches spams written in Greek or Greek spammers.BR Created by: Dimitris MichelinakisBR License Type: ArtisticBR Status: ActiveBR Auto-update: Yes - Please try to keep checks down to no more than once every 24 hoursBR Available at: [http://www.michelinakis.gr/Dimitris/spamassassin/gr_domain.cf][[BR]] More information on the site: http://www.michelinakis.gr/Dimitris/spamassassin/


Automatic Updates BR

If you wish to easily update these rules every day(using cron or some other scheduler), look at http://wiki.apache.org/spamassassin/SareChannels sa-update and its channels or [http://saupdates.openprotect.com]

If you find these rulesets useful and get tired of downloading updates, Chris Thielen, has kindly provided a shell script to automatically update these sets. You can find the script and instructions at: http://www.exit0.us/index.php?pagename=RulesDuJour BR Another tool is now available, featuring GPG check of the rulesets which have a known signature and an apt-get-like syntax : http://maxime.ritter.eu.org/article.php3?id_article=10

For Windows, Bret Miller has contributed a windows script for updating these sets. You can download it here: http://mail.wcg.org/~support/default.html#satools BR A readme file is provided with instructions for setting it up. It requires ActivePerl 5.8.x (doesn't work right on 5.6.1).

Additional collections BR Here are some additional collections of custom rulesets:

The SARE Ninjas have a collection of custom rules available at the SpamAssassin Rules Emporium (started by Chris Santerre) - http://www.rulesemporium.com - this collection includes HTML rules, Header abuse rules, ratware rules, specific spammer rules, adult rules, fraud rules, subject rules, business and marketing rules, etc. Several of those rule sets are multi-file rule sets, a practice started by Bob Menschel, allowing you to pick and choose based on the quality or applicability of rules within the MultiFileRuleSets. BR

The Hebrew SpamAssassin rules project is located at http://www.deltaforce.net/hebrewspam


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