Fake MDaemon – Critical Patch Update


There are reports going around of a Critical Patch Update spoof email being sent that include download links and claims to be from MDaemon Support using the email sender address [email protected].

As a reminder, always check the “From” address sending domain to ensure it is mdaemon.com. While I’m not one to tell you what to do and I’m very likely not your boss, emails from unusual addresses are spoofed messages and should be ignored and you absolutely should not follow the links or install whatever this spoof is providing.

How harmful is spam?

I often hear comments like “it’s no big deal”, and “just hit delete” while obsessing over tracking down and blocking spammers.

I stumbled across an interesting perspective that I wanted to share:

I think it’s worth noting that the largest cost of spam (and other forms of Internet-borne abuse) is not financial.

It’s time — irreplaceable, precious time. Do the math: construct an estimate for how many seconds it takes someone to realize that a message is spam and Just Hit Delete (TM); now multiply by all the someones doing that for the same spam message; now multiply by all the spam messages send in a day or a week or a year.

Then divide by the average human lifespan. The results are disturbing.

Luckily, MDaemon includes many tools that help you combat spam. Life’s too short to waste on deleting garbage that shouldn’t exist in the first place.

Mail stuck in Inbound queue on MDaemon 14.0.1?

Are you seeing mail getting stuck in the Inbound Queue since upgrading to MDaemon 14.0.1?

There’s a few options:

  • Upgrade 14.0.2. This leaves your email stuck in the queue in the mean time, but I’m assured it will not be longNow available for download.
  • Downgrade to MDaemon 14.0.0. However, this leaves you exposed to the recently patched security vulnerability so I wouldn’t recommend it.
  • Under Setup | Preferences | Miscellaneous, uncheck the option for “Apply Content & Spam Filters to list mail before cracking individual copies”. This is functional, however, it will break archiving, and any per-recipient content filtering rules you have, so be sure to revert this option after Alt-N releases a patch.
  • Disable mailing lists. Since this only causes issues when you have active mailing lists, if you can temporarily disable your mailing lists, it will allow mail to flow until this is resolved.

If you do use the workaround, delete any remaining lock (.LCK) files from the \MDaemon\Queues\Inbound directory to get messages flowing again.

UPDATE: Literally the first email I received after clicking on “Post” was that MDaemon 14.0.2 has been released and is available for download now!