Bug Report: https://issues.apache.org/SpamAssassin/show_bug.cgi?id=6269

It turns out that SpamAssassin is adding a score of 3.2 (FH_DATE_PAST_20XX) to all email going through my mail server (Mac OS X 10.6 Server) because of the above bug.

See log:

Jan  1 09:46:36 mail.example.com /usr/bin/amavisd[25021]: (25021-16) SPAM, <opadyoceb8552@superonline.com> -> <scrubbed@joemedia.tv>, Yes, score=11.101 tag=2 tag2=6 kill=6 tests=[BAYES_99=3.5, FH_DATE_PAST_20XX=3.188, HTML_IMAGE_ONLY_32=1.778, HTML_IMAGE_RATIO_02=0.383, HTML_MESSAGE=0.001, MIME_HTML_ONLY=1.457, RDNS_NONE=0.1, SPF_FAIL=0.693, SPF_HELO_FAIL=0.001], autolearn=no, quarantine fydtn7Bx7ffD (junk@example.com)

In the bug the rule is defined in /rulesrc/sandbox/emailed/00_FVGT_File001.cf however this does not exist on Mac OS X - does any know where this rule is defined on Mac OS X Server? There are no files prepended with 00_ in /usr/share/spamassassin/ which is where I assumed it would be.

2 Answers 2


Well a little patience and it showed up on one of my mailing lists (and now on Apple's KBase: TS3187):


1) Add to /etc/mail/spamassassin.conf

 score FH_DATE_PAST_20XX 0.0


2) Fix the rule in /usr/share/spamassassin/72_active.cf by replacing the FH_DATE_PAST_20XX line with:

header   FH_DATE_PAST_20XX    Date =~ /20[2-9][0-9]/ [if-unset: 2006]


3) Run sa-update and that will fix it as well. (Thanks to Matthew Bryant)

sudo sa-update --nogpg --updatedir /etc/mail/spamassassin --debug
  • 1
    Doesn't this fix merely defer the pain for another 10 years - when it strikes again? Jan 4, 2010 at 8:43
  • 1
    Answer (to my comment/question): yes - that's correct. The SpamAssassin team is aware of it and will fix the problem properly in due course -- see the bug report link in the question. Jan 4, 2010 at 8:48

I had to modify /private/etc/mail/spamassassin/00_FVGT_File001.cf and then restart the mail service instead.

Updating /usr/share/spamassassin/72_active.cf did nothing for me.

(Mac OS X Server 10.6.2, pretty much a vanilla install)

  • @James: Odd. My 10.6.2 install only had the local.cf in /private/etc/mail/spamassassin and it's a pretty vanilla install.
    – Chealion
    Jan 4, 2010 at 19:23

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.