Monday, January 25, 2010

MSRBL Status Update

As some of you have noticed the project has been lacking updates since mid last year.

We do intend to bring the RBL and Signature files back to life as soon as possible.

We are currently porting the parsers to work with the "newer" MailScanner notification mails and also to support notifications for multiple messages as previously these just caused parser errors. This should be ready fairly soon and once tested and we've re-parsed all notifications we will announce on our list/blog when we have fresh content. The main reason for these changes to be delayed is that most of our time has been spend on improving our DNS History service which has been quite demanding.


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Friday, January 02, 2009

Extra rsync mirrors and usage reminders

I just wanted to send out a quick update to say we've recently added some more mirrors for rsync downloads, thanks to we now have 3 rsync mirrors.

I'm not sure why but around the 14th of December 2008 we started to see a big increase in signature downloads over a period of about 2 weeks. I've done a bit of Google work but so far I've been unable to see what might have caused such a sudden increase in usage. If anyone has any ideas I'd be happy to hear them :).

We would also like to remind people:
1) Please don't download the signature files more than once per hour (at an absolute maximum 15 minutes).
2) Make sure your rsync script refers to the old version when updating the signature files (by downloading over the top of the current version, or use --compare-dest to point to the current version) to save time and bandwidth downloading the complete file each time.
3) Excessive downloads are likely to result in bans from the mirrors (please use the contact form in case of issues).


Friday, November 07, 2008

Signature naming change

Following a request from ClamAV we have changed the naming of our
MSRBL-Images signatures.

OLD format:

NEW format:


Sunday, September 09, 2007

New style website

We have released our new website today.

Some features are not currently available but will be soon. One of the main features of the new site is to allow you to browse the full history for an IP/AS number,the previous version of our site limited the output to 60 entries (30 current + 30 inactive).

As always please post comments via the contact form or on the MSRBL mailing list.


Tuesday, July 31, 2007

100% rated

Earlier today we had 100% of our images rated on SPAMorNOT. Thanks to all our clickers!.

To read more please see the Announce Mailing List


Tuesday, February 27, 2007


We've just completed our public SPAM image rating system.

If you have a few spare minutes please help rate the images shown on the site as "spam" or "not spam".

Once we have enough ratings for the images on the site our aim is to create signature files based on the results from this site, such as a signature file including only images that get a >90% SPAM rating and another with >80% etc which will allow sites to configure how trusting they are of the MSRBL and public rating service.


Sunday, February 25, 2007


The new backend for MSRBL-Images has been released, which gives us updates more frequently.

Current clamav signatures stand at:

Signatures: 135976
Filesize: 7.44MB

Signatures: 2656
Filesize: 217.13KB

We also have some new mailing lists, which are available on

Work is continuing on the following areas:
MSRBL-Images - Signatures (Top 1000 file and incremental downloads)
MSRBL - Browse spam images
Report processing - More parsing options
Website stats - They have been broken for too long
MSRBL-SPAM - Backend