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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-04-02 09:35:11

Vladimir Prus <ghost_at_[hidden]> writes:

> David Abrahams wrote:
>>> Unknown, since nobody spoke up since IMO we
>>> should just restore the status quo.
>> Problem is that it's unknown what the status quo was. The current
>> status is that the following MIME types are let through:
>> multipart/mixed
>> multipart/alternative
>> text/plain
>> text/x-cplusplus
>> text/x-c++src
>> text/x-c++hdr
>> text/x-csrc
>> text/x-chdr
>> text/html
>> but HTML will be converted to plaintext.
> My mailman installation says:
> "Leave this field blank to skip this filter test."
> so maybe it should be really left blank? The set of reasonable extension is
> hard to guess in advance (at least .diff, .patch, .log, .out are possible,
> but who knows...)

I think the goal is to prevent viral intrusion and unreasonably large
downloads. That said, we probably have enough safeguards in place
with the "first-post-moderated" policy and posting size limits that
you're probably right. As long as HTML is still being converted to
plaintext, I don't forsee any problems.

Objections to clearing the MIME type filter field, anyone?

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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