Canning Spam

Jeremy Poteet  
Sams Publishing
Total pages
May 2004
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Appropriate for courses in network/system administration that focus on email; and for courses on Outlook and other email clients.

Canning Spam</D> demystifies viruses and spam, explaining how spammers and attackers achieve their goals-and how both users and administrators can defend themselves. From start to finish, this compelling book combines entertaining stories and case studies with the best practical advice available. Leading security expert Jeremy Poteet explains how the “bad guys” gain access to email addresses and trick users into opening dangerous messages; why email clients can be vulnerable and how to strengthen their defenses; how spammers can use corporate email servers to forward their unwanted messages, and how administrators can keep it from happening. Coverage also includes: using Web-based email services securely, setting and enforcing email policies, using filters effectively, mitigating denial-of-email services, and more.


  • Exceptionally readable-Accessible, friendly style, replete with case studies and stories from the field.
    • Students wont just find this book extraordinarily useful: they will find it compelling and enjoyable, too.

  • How spammers and attackers work-Clearly explains how spammers harvest email addresses and “spoof” identities, how email attacks determine that an address is active, and how viruses are transmitted through attachments.
    • Gives students practical insight into how spammers and other adversaries work, so they can implement more effective countermeasures.

  • Best practices for users and administrators-Systematically shows how users and administrators can reduce spam and virus attacks, and avoid being victimized.
    • Helps students learn from the lessons of experienced system, network, and email administrators.

  • Extensive coverage of email clients-Shows why email clients can be vulnerable to script-based viruses and worms, and how to make them more resistant.
    • Shows students how to protect themselves against the most widespread and dangerous email attacks.

  • Practical guidance on email filtering-Introduces email filters and shows how to use them without generating unacceptable rates of “false positives.”
    • Helps students master one of the key anti-spam weapons available to administrators.

  • Basic email cryptography-Introduces cryptography tools designed to protect email against unauthorized reading.
    • Teaches students how to use cryptography to protect the contents of their email.

Table of Contents


 1. Stealing Candy from a Baby: How Spammers Harvest Email Addresses.

 2. Neither Confirm Nor Deny: How Email Attacks Determine that an Email Address is Active.

 3. Bad Things Come in Small Packages: How Viruses are Transmitted Through Email Attachments.

 4. Using Email Clients for Good and Evil: Guarding Against Script-Based Viruses and Worms.

 5. Would the Real Sender Please Stand Up?: How Spammers Spoof Email Identities.

 6. Unwilling Accomplices?: How Spammers Mask their Identities using Email Relaying.

 7. Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Using Filters to Block Unwanted Emails.

 8. Don't Send us a Postcard: Insuring that your Email is not Sent in the Clear.

 9. You've Got Some Email in my Web Site: Using Web-based Email Services Securely.

 10. The Bigger they are, the Harder they Fall: Mitigating Denial of Email Services Attacks.

Appendix A. Email Protocols.

Appendix B. Popular Email Tools.

Appendix C. Email Legal Information.

Back Cover

We've all seen it - the e-mails that come to us from a sender we don't know and promise a frog that jumps across our screen, a low mortgage rate or a medical miracle pill. These e-mails are otherwise known as spam. Your inbox gets cluttered or worse, your computer is infected with a virus as you scratch your head, wondering how it ever happened. Now there is a way to stop the madness! Canning Spam: You've Got Mail (That You Don't Want) is your remedy to inbox clutter and infected computers. Learn how spammers get your e-mail address and how to stop them, how viruses are transmitted through attachments, how spammers can mask their true identity and how to ultimately block unwanted e-mails. Next time you log in to your e-mail account, be happy to hear those three little words: “You've Got Mail!”


Jeremy Potee is the Chief Security Officer for appDefense, a consulting company specializing in application security. Jeremy has many years of experience administering Windows, Unix and Linux-based servers. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and was the winner in the 2002 eWeek OpenLabs OpenHack IV competition. Jeremy is an active member of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), including serving as a project manager for the OWASP Guide and a monthly columnist on .NET security. He is also a member of multiple OASIS technical committees that establish security standards. He can be reached at