[SURBL-Discuss] whitelist senderbase top domains?

Jeff Chan jeffc at surbl.org
Thu Sep 9 13:07:40 CEST 2004

On Wednesday, September 8, 2004, 12:44:34 AM, Bill Landry wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jeff Chan" <jeffc at surbl.org>

>> Looks like senderbase.org has a database of the domains and IPs
>> used to send the most mail.  Normally that would not be too
>> interesting to us since we care about message body URIs, i.e.
>> content, and not senders or their ISP addresses, but I'm thinking
>> about whitelisting all the legitimate NSPs, ISPs and telcos in
>> their top domains list:
>>   http://www.senderbase.org/search?page=domains
>> we would exclude the few that appear to be spammers according to
>> spamhaus:
>>   imgmailer.com         TAM Network
>>   stocksntalk.com       iMedia Networks Inc.
>>   havagreatday.com
>> But I'd like to whitelist all the rest which are obviously
>> large ISPs, etc.  In essence we're just using it as a list
>> of some of the top ISPs in the world.
>> Does anyone have any comments on this?

> I like this idea as I believe it would cut down the number of
> false-positives due to false-listings.

>> Note that this won't have a major effect on bad guys since
>> spammers would not have much incentive to advertise their ISPs,
>> and we don't "whiten" spams for mentioning non-spam domains
>> anyway.  It also does not mean that we're whitelisting the ISP
>> address space, senders, or anything like that, just mail that
>> mentions these large ISP URIs.

Does anyone else have comments about whitelisting the ISP
and NSP domains mentioned on the senderbase top domains page?

To repeat, this would only be listing the ISP and NSP's own
domains.  It does not mean whitelisting their customers, their
IP space, their name servers, the mail servers, etc.

Jeff C.

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