spamscanner VS SpamAssassin

Compare spamscanner vs SpamAssassin and see what are their differences.


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spamscanner SpamAssassin
4 6
163 218
4.3% 1.4%
7.5 9.8
18 days ago 3 days ago
JavaScript Perl
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of spamscanner. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-25.


Posts with mentions or reviews of SpamAssassin. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-05-06.
  • I am looking for something like barracuda for a home setup
    1 project | | 4 Jun 2022 ?
  • Using Flask for a personal website - add dynamic component?
    1 project | | 29 Sep 2021
    I'm currently looking into using a Bayesian spam filter like Bogofilter or Apache Spamassassin to help out. I'd run the contents of my Contact Us form through the filter after the initial validation, and if the contents are below my spam threshold, I would actually send out the contact us request.
  • Using xyz TLD domain as a primary email address
    1 project | | 22 Aug 2021
    Avoid it. Apache's SpameAssassin flags several TLDs including .xyz as 'suspicious' nTLD[1].


  • Domain or Dedicated Email account to improve deliverability?
    1 project | | 30 Jul 2021
    The famous spam filter SpamAssassin. Score: -0.6. A score below -5 is considered spam. -0.1 DKIM_SIGNED Message has a DKIM or DK signature, not necessarily valid This rule is automatically applied if your email contains a DKIM signature but other positive rules will also be added if your DKIM signature is valid. See immediately below. 0.1 DKIM_VALID Message has at least one valid DKIM or DK signature Great! Your signature is valid 0.1 DKIM_VALID_AU Message has a valid DKIM or DK signature from author's domain Great! Your signature is valid and it's coming from your domain name 0.1 DKIM_VALID_EF Message has a valid DKIM or DK signature from envelope-from domain -0.001 HTML_MESSAGE HTML included in message No worry, that's expected if you send HTML emails 0.001 RCVD_IN_MSPIKE_H2 Average reputation (+2) listed in -0.001 SPF_HELO_NONE SPF: HELO does not publish an SPF Record 0.001 SPF_PASS SPF: sender matches SPF record Great! Your SPF is valid -0.01 T_KAM_HTML_FONT_INVALID Test for Invalidly Named or Formatted Colors in HTML -0.644 URIBL_SBL Contains an URL listed in the SBL blocklist -0.1 URIBL_SBL_A Contains URL\'s A record listed in the SBL blocklist
  • Spamassassin Untrustworthy TLDs
    1 project | | 19 Jul 2021
    Maybe you updated spamassassin in the process? Because it looks like they have a list of "spammy TLDs" and .site is in it.
  • Why Your Emails May Be Bouncing Back & What You Can Do About It
    3 projects | | 6 May 2021
    To detect whether incoming emails are malicious, mail servers also use spam scanners, such as Apache's popular SpamAssasin. The internal workings of these spam scanners can be somewhat complicated (involving Naive Bayes Classifiers on trained, large datasets, for the curious), but the primary takeaway is that these classification systems typically assign a numerical point value to an incoming email to determine the validity of the message. The higher the score, the more likely that the email is spam. For reference, the ISP Optimum states the following regarding their spam filtering:

What are some alternatives?

When comparing spamscanner and SpamAssassin you can also consider the following projects:

Fail2Ban - Daemon to ban hosts that cause multiple authentication errors

pfSense - Main repository for pfSense

Pen Test Tools - Homebrew Tap - Pen Test Tools

crowdsec - CrowdSec - the open-source and participative IPS able to analyze visitor behavior & provide an adapted response to all kinds of attacks. It also leverages the crowd power to generate a global CTI database to protect the user network.

nginx-ultimate-bad-bot-blocker - Nginx Block Bad Bots, Spam Referrer Blocker, Vulnerability Scanners, User-Agents, Malware, Adware, Ransomware, Malicious Sites, with anti-DDOS, Wordpress Theme Detector Blocking and Fail2Ban Jail for Repeat Offenders

Wazuh - Wazuh - The Open Source Security Platform

Denyhosts - Automated host blocking from SSH brute force attacks

Blackbox - Safely store secrets in Git/Mercurial/Subversion

lynis - Lynis - Security auditing tool for Linux, macOS, and UNIX-based systems. Assists with compliance testing (HIPAA/ISO27001/PCI DSS) and system hardening. Agentless, and installation optional.

OSSEC - OSSEC is an Open Source Host-based Intrusion Detection System that performs log analysis, file integrity checking, policy monitoring, rootkit detection, real-time alerting and active response.

Suricata - Suricata git repository maintained by the OISF

Kippo - Kippo - SSH Honeypot