If you’re unfortunate enough to be using Exim, and you need to configure the server to selectively bcc some emails (e.g. emails going to a specific recipient need bcc’ing to another address for archiving/compliance purposes) then the following may be useful :
rewrite_header Subject *****SPAM*****
directive in spamassassin (/etc/spamassassin/local.cf) seemed to be being ignored – and the only effect of the mail being classified as spam is/was a couple of additional headers added (X-Spam-Status: spam). For the customer in question this wasn’t of much use – as they’re reasonably non-technical and probably couldn’t create a client side mail filter. And they also thought the spamfiltering wasn’t working.
I found adding the following to /etc/exim4/system_filter results in the subject being appropriately modified :
if $h_X-Spam-Status: contains "spam" then headers add "Old-Subject: $h_subject" headers remove "Subject" headers add "Subject: *** SPAM *** $h_old-subject" headers remove "Old-Subject" endif
And if you want to tag virus-ey emails … add this in as well :
# X-Anti-Virus: infected if $h_X-Anti-Virus: contains "infected" then headers add "Old-Subject: $h_subject" headers remove "Subject" headers add "Subject: *** VIRUS *** $h_old-subject" headers remove "Old-Subject" endif
Seeing as how that took about 2 hours to figure out – hopefully this will be of use to others.
I started looking at SpamAssassin and wondering why IT wasn’t doing it… I still don’t know why – but assume it’s an Exim ‘feature’.