[CentOS] Re: Strange ! characters inserted into emails

Thu Sep 18 21:31:12 UTC 2008
Scott Silva <ssilva at sgvwater.com>

on 9-18-2008 9:29 AM Sean Carolan spake the following:
> I have never encountered anything like this before, so thought I'd post 
> here and see if anyone can help.
> We have a java application that sends out notification emails to 
> end-users.  The body of the email is some boilerplate text and HTML that 
> is pulled from a database.  When the emails are received there are 
> random instances of " !" (that's a space and a bang symbol) inserted 
> into the email in various locations.  For example a sentence that is 
> supposed to read like this:
> The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
> ends up looking like this:
> The quick b !rown fox jumped over the laz !y dog.
> We combed through the source text and didn't find any unusual characters 
> in the body of the text.  Somehow these bang symbols are being inserted 
> after the mail is handed off to sendmail.  Does anyone have an idea how 
> I can troubleshoot this further?  Or maybe you've seen something similar 
> in your environment?
> thanks
> Sean
Is it text based mail, or HTML?
I have seen things like this during base64 or quoted printable encoding on 
some HTML mails from Outlook. If it is encoding, the bangs should repeat in a 
fairly repeatable pattern.

MailScanner is like deodorant...
You hope everybody uses it, and
you notice quickly if they don't!!!!

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