Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Email filtering begone

Recently we encountered a couple of amusing incidents regarding email-filtering.

The first one involved an automated email being sent from an one of our applications hosted in another country. The creation of the email failed and this resulted in the email containing only a report of the error, and the error contained the word "DataAccessException"  Of course this was blocked because it contained the word sex.

The second more bizarre incident also involved the word sex. Another of the automated emails contained a few image attachments. When this was generated, the base64 encoding of one of the images contained the word sex. So this email was also blocked. Now I've sent a mail to the other team, telling them about the problem, and to allow our sender email-address to be trusted, but I'm wondering whether they received my mail....