[plug] Mail question

Peter F Bradshaw pfb at exadios.com
Thu Dec 8 23:16:57 WST 2005

Hi Timothy;

On Thu, 8 Dec 2005, Timothy White wrote:

> On 12/8/05, Richard Meyer <meyerri at westnet.com.au> wrote:
> > Hi, I'd like a little help with weird emails I get at my account.
> >
> > They are not addressed to me (at least not in the "To:" line. The
> > headers look as below:
> Basically, the way viruses work, is they send them selves to people,
> but the from address, is a random address found in someone's address
> book.
> Now usually, a bounce would be addressed to the person who received
> it, so unless some viruses are now sending out what looks like a
> bounce, I'm not sure.
> Remember, it's not the To: header that determines who gets an email,
> it's the SMTP recipient command, at SMTP time.
> This allows you to send some weird looking emails, and is also the
> basis of BCC. I'm not sure if some MTA's verify the recipient by the
> To: header, but I doubt many would.
I would not think so. The 'To:' header (along with most of the other
header items that are normally visible in the mail reader) are generated
by the receiving MTA.

This is most probably a is a virus though.

> Please someone correct me if I'm wrong. it's late at night, I'm taking
> a stab in the dark, I should be catching up on sleep, and need to be
> on the water by 6am.
> Tim


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