Upgrade categorizes formerly legit email as junk

When I upgraded my MIAB to 0.53, legit email is now being flagged as junk. What is going on? I’ve made no other changes to the box beyond ubuntu updates.


Please post the X-Spam-Report header section of an email going to your spam folder.

* 1.1 URIBL_GREY Contains an URL listed in the URIBL greylist
* [URIs: squarespace.com]
* 2.0 SPF_NONE SPF record not found
* 2.0 DMARC_FAIL_NONE DMARC check failed (p=none)
* -0.0 RCVD_IN_MSPIKE_H2 RBL: Average reputation (+2)
* [ listed in wl.mailspike.net]
* -0.0 RCVD_IN_DNSWL_NONE RBL: Sender listed at
* https://www.dnswl.org/, no trust
* [ listed in list.dnswl.org]
* 0.0 SPF_HELO_NONE SPF: HELO does not publish an SPF Record
* 0.0 FREEMAIL_FROM Sender email is commonly abused enduser mail
* provider (paradrake[at]gmail.com) (msmisch[at]gmail.com)
* (kimnoyes[at]gmail.com) (dmccoard[at]hotmail.com)
* 1.2 FORGED_HOTMAIL_RCVD2 hotmail.com ‘From’ address, but no
* ‘Received:’
* 0.0 HTML_MESSAGE BODY: HTML included in message
* 0.1 DKIM_SIGNED Message has a DKIM or DK signature, not necessarily
* valid
* -0.1 DKIM_VALID Message has at least one valid DKIM or DK signature
* -1.0 MAILING_LIST_MULTI Multiple indicators imply a widely-seen list
* manager

Is this, by chance, a message generated by a list of some sort?

yes, a mailing list. most, if not all, my mailing list incoming mails are now being marked as junk. individual emails at first glance appear to be getting through fine.

This changed in 0.52 which may be upping the spam score?

  • Incoming emails with SPF/DKIM/DMARC failures now get a higher spam score, and these messages are more likely to appear in the junk folder, since they are often spam/phishing.

If so, may worth searching forum for that topic.

At this point the only solution I’m able to recommend is to create custom file for spamassassin.

$ sudo nano /etc/spamassassin/yourcustomfilename.cf

Add to the newly created file the address used by the mailing list:

whitelist_from username@example.com

This adds -100 to the score so basically everything from that address will always arrive in the inbox.

Then restart all the stuffs:

$ sudo service spampd restart
$ sudo service spamassassin restart
$ sudo service postfix restart

Thank you Openletter. question: can I add additional lines in yourcustomfilename.cf to whitelist other senders like this?

whitelist_from username@example.com
whitelist_from username@boop.com
whitelist_from username@whatever.com

Yes, you can add as many lines as you like. IIRC, spamassassin evaluates everything line-by-line.

Here is the documentation on this feature and several other useful ones:



May I also suggest opening an issue on Github to make the devs aware that their spam assassin changes may be too restrictive?

However, in the case of the specific email that you shared the headers for, your comments should be directed towards the maintainers of the list for they have several configuration errors that they really should fix.

Thank you all for your suggestions and guidance!