My problem or bad-header?

Simon Brereton simon.brereton at
Mon Jan 23 17:45:23 CET 2012

On 23 January 2012 11:01, Mark Martinec <Mark.Martinec+amavis at> wrote:
> Simon,
>> I get quarantined mails like:
>> > /var/spool/mail/quarantine/badh-7T8TTrFCQb9p
>> ---
>> Return-Path: <postmaster at>
>> Delivered-To: bad-header-quarantine
>> X-Envelope-From: <postmaster at>
>> X-Envelope-To: <user at>
>> X-Envelope-To-Blocked:
>> X-Quarantine-ID: <7T8TTrFCQb9p>
>> X-Amavis-Alert: BAD HEADER SECTION MIME error: error: couldn't parse head;
>>         error near:; name="banner.jpg"; Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64;
>>         Content-ID: <ii_13487268bdc534f2>; X-Attachment-Id:
>>         ii_13487268bdc534f2; Content-Disposition: inline;
>> So far, so good - why do I want crap on my systems, right?  But
>> sometimes some pretty big names show up - and one sleeping sysadmin I
>> can excuse, but when Cahoot, FriendsReunited and Bitcasa all have the
>> same issue, I start to think I may have messed up my config.
>> The example above had:
>> --000e0cdfd1e2a2583304b5317774
>> Content-Type: image/jpeg;
>> name="banner.jpg"
>> Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
>> Content-ID: <ii_13487268bdc534f2>
>> X-Attachment-Id: ii_13487268bdc534f2
>> Content-Disposition: inline;
>> So, is this my problem or theirs?
> Is the continuation whitespace before the 'name=...' line really missing,
> or was it eaten by the posting?

I don't believe it was - that less output on the actual mail in dovecot.

> Even if missing, the diagnostics I see is somewhat different: not containing
> the list of all remaining header fields.
> What version of MIME::Tools is that? (logged by amavisd at startup,
> or try:  perl -le 'use MIME::Tools; print MIME::Tools->VERSION' )

mail:~# perl -le 'use MIME::Tools; print MIME::Tools->VERSION'
mail:~# uname -or
2.6.32-5-amd64 GNU/Linux  Debian-Squeeze+1

> Perhaps an issue with line endings - could you make the mail message
> as stored in the quarantine available for inspection - or mail it to
> me as an attachment.

I mailed it to you from the postmaster account.


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