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10 November 2003

Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 Spam Filter: Under the hood

MAPILab Ltd. pleased to announce the article “Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 Spam Filter: Under the hood”. This article describes in details how the built-in Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 junk mail filter based on “state-of-the-art technology developed by Microsoft® Research” works.

This article point to critical holes of Microsoft® technology and will very useful to technical specialists and non-technical readers who interested in spam protection technologies. Software developers will find a couple of exercises we've prepared for them to check if they have learnt to detect junk mail with up-to-six-decimal-digits accuracy, as the filter does.

Table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • General information about the filter
    • OUTLFLTR.DAT file format
    • Data file contents
  • State-of-the-art technology
    • Message sending time check
    • Check of the message subject for words in uppercase
    • Check of the sign number in the message subject
    • Check of duplicate character number
    • The rest eight checks
  • Exercises for developers
  • Under the hood
  • Appendix A. OUTFLTR.DAT file dump
  • Appendix B. Useful web links

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