Unsolicited e-mail is a growing problem. A survey of e-mail received at UWRF indicates that more than 80% of the incoming e-mail is Spam or virus mail. Processing and storing this e-mail taxes our computing resources and network capacity.
Unsolicited e-mail is handled in two ways:
In general the goal of our Spam-blocking is to be as non-invasive as possible in the reception of e-mail while still allowing us the right to block senders of e-mail that was not requested by the recipients and arrives in large quantities.
The primary mission of these controls is to preserve the operation of our e-mail systems and to help our e-mail users determine which incoming e-mail is likely to be Spam and to let them personally decide how to handle this.
The UW-River Falls e-mail system filters e-mail for spam. Spam is currently filtered through the use of a pair of Barracuda Networks Spam and Virus Firewall (BSVF) devices. These devices utilize a complex combination of methods including blacklists and vendor-provided filters to block or tag spam.
The BSVF devices add extra lines to the "headers" of incoming e-mail which indicate the results of their analysis of the e-mail.
X-Barracuda-Spam-Status: Yes, SCORE=4.71 using global scores of TAG_LEVEL=3.5 QUARANTINE_LEVEL=1000.0 KILL_LEVEL=9.0 tests=CN_BODY_332, DKIM_SIGNED, DKIM_VERIFIED, GAPPY_SUBJECT, HTML_MESSAGE, MARKETING_PARTNERS, MARKETING_PARTNERS_2, SH_BIG5_05413_BODY_104
X-Barracuda-Spam-Report: Code version 3.2, rules version 126.96.36.19968
Rule breakdown below
pts rule name description
---- ---------------------- --------------------------------------------------
0.01 MARKETING_PARTNERS BODY: Claims you registered with a partner
-0.00 DKIM_VERIFIED Domain Keys Identified Mail: signature passes
0.00 DKIM_SIGNED Domain Keys Identified Mail: message has a signature
0.12 CN_BODY_332 BODY: CN_BODY_332
0.21 SH_BIG5_05413_BODY_104 BODY: Body: contain "UNSUBSCRIBE"
0.00 HTML_MESSAGE BODY: HTML included in message
2.00 GAPPY_SUBJECT Subject: contains G.a.p.p.y-T.e.x.t
2.35 MARKETING_PARTNERS_2 Claims you registered with a partner
E-mails receiving a score in excess of 9 are discarded and never delivered. For emails which are discarded as spam, we do not send rejection notices.
You will occasionally receive some non-spam e-mail that will be marked as spam, and some spam that is not marked. This will always be the case, as it is difficult to guess which e-mail will be considered spam by a particular recipient.
If you would like assistance with Junk e-mail rules in OWA or Outlook, please send us a request.
If you have concerns or questions about the way UW-River Falls handles spam, please give us your feedback.