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ANNOUNCE: Apache SpamAssassin 3.4.4 available
One of the most significant projects from the Apache Foundation has released another version of SpamAssassin. This is primarily a security release, but also includes improvements to macro document processing with OLVBMacro and a set of smaller fixes. Apache SpamAssassin is a mature, widely-deployed open source project that serves as a mail filter to identify spam. SpamAssassin uses a variety of mechanisms including mail header and text analysis, Bayesian filtering, DNS blocklists, and collaborative filtering databases. In addition, Apache SpamAssassin has a modular architecture that allows other technologies to be quickly incorporated as an addition or as a replacement for existing methods.
On behalf of the Apache SpamAssassin Project, I am pleased to announce version 3.4.4 is available. Release Notes -- Apache SpamAssassin -- Version 3.4.4 Introduction ------------ Apache SpamAssassin 3.4.4 is primarily a security release. In this release, there are bug fixes for two CVEs. *** On March 1, 2020, we will stop publishing rulesets with SHA-1 signatures. If you do not update to 3.4.2 or later, you will be stuck at the last ruleset with SHA-1 signatures. *** Many thanks to the committers, contributors, rule testers, mass checkers, and code testers who have made this release possible. Notable features: ================= None noted. Notable changes --------------- In addition to two CVEs which shall be announced separately, this release includes fixes for the following: - Improvements to OLEVBMacro - Fix for CRLF handling with SpamAssMilter & DKIM - Small fix for a regexp to provide Perl 5.8.x compatability again - Increased fns_extrachars default value to 50 - Fixed nosubject and maxhits tflags when sa-compile is used - Limited the Bayes parsed token count - Improvements to whitespace trimming New configuration options ------------------------- None noted. Notable Internal changes ------------------------ None noted. Other updates ------------- None noted. Optimizations ------------- None noted. Downloading and availability ---------------------------- Downloads are available from: https://spamassassin.apache.org/downloads.cgi XXX - To be added when built Note that the *-rules-*.tgz files are only necessary if you cannot, or do not wish to, run "sa-update" after install to download the latest fresh rules. See the INSTALL and UPGRADE files in the distribution for important installation notes. GPG Verification Procedure -------------------------- The release files also have a .asc accompanying them. The file serves as an external GPG signature for the given release file. The signing key is available via the wwwkeys.pgp.net key server, as well as https://www.apache.org/dist/spamassassin/KEYS The following key is used to sign releases after, and including SA 3.3.0: pub 4096R/F7D39814 2009-12-02 Key fingerprint = D809 9BC7 9E17 D7E4 9BC2 1E31 FDE5 2F40 F7D3 9814 uid SpamAssassin Project Management Committee <[email protected]> uid SpamAssassin Signing Key (Code Signing Key, replacement for 1024D/265FA05B) <[email protected]> sub 4096R/7B3265A5 2009-12-02 The following key is used to sign rule updates: pub 4096R/5244EC45 2005-12-20 Key fingerprint = 5E54 1DC9 59CB 8BAC 7C78 DFDC 4056 A61A 5244 EC45 uid updates.spamassassin.org Signing Key <[email protected]> sub 4096R/24F434CE 2005-12-20 To verify a release file, download the file with the accompanying .asc file and run the following commands: gpg --verbose --keyserver wwwkeys.pgp.net --recv-key F7D39814 gpg --verify Mail-SpamAssassin-3.4.4.tar.bz2.asc gpg --fingerprint F7D39814 Then verify that the key matches the signature. Note that older versions of gnupg may not be able to complete the steps above. Specifically, GnuPG v1.0.6, 1.0.7 & 1.2.6 failed while v1.4.11 worked flawlessly. See https://www.apache.org/info/verification.html for more information on verifying Apache releases. About Apache SpamAssassin ------------------------- Apache SpamAssassin is a mature, widely-deployed open source project that serves as a mail filter to identify spam. SpamAssassin uses a variety of mechanisms including mail header and text analysis, Bayesian filtering, DNS blocklists, and collaborative filtering databases. In addition, Apache SpamAssassin has a modular architecture that allows other technologies to be quickly incorporated as an addition or as a replacement for existing methods. Apache SpamAssassin typically runs on a server, classifies and labels spam before it reaches your mailbox, while allowing other components of a mail system to act on its results. Most of the Apache SpamAssassin is written in Perl, with heavily traversed code paths carefully optimized. Benefits are portability, robustness and facilitated maintenance. It can run on a wide variety of POSIX platforms. The server and the Perl library feels at home on Unix and Linux platforms and reportedly also works on MS Windows systems under ActivePerl. For more information, visit https://spamassassin.apache.org/ About The Apache Software Foundation ------------------------------------ Established in 1999, The Apache Software Foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for more than 100 freely-available, collaboratively-developed Open Source projects. The pragmatic Apache License enables individual and commercial users to easily deploy Apache software; the Foundation's intellectual property framework limits the legal exposure of its 2,500+ contributors. For more information, visit https://www.apache.org/ -- Kevin A. McGrail [email protected] Member, Apache Software Foundation Chair Emeritus Apache SpamAssassin Project https://www.linkedin.com/in/kmcgrail - 703.798.0171