Bugs item #1090208, was opened at 2004-12-23 05:13
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Group: None
Status: Closed
Resolution: Invalid
Priority: 5
Submitted By: Brett Garrett (dolphyn)
Assigned to: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody)
Summary: Password reminder bug (wrong "From" address, etc)

Initial Comment:
Summary of bug: On a system with multiple domains and
multiple lists, the password reminder sometimes contains
information about a list to which the user is not
subscribed, or in some cases, about a list that does not
exist. Likewise, the "From" address of the password
reminder can be incorrect.


The cron script "mailpasswds" contains the following
siteowner = Utils.get_site_email(host, 'owner')
sitereq = Utils.get_site_email(host, 'request')
sitebounce = Utils.get_site_email
(host, 'bounces')

The problem is, this code is oblivious to the user's actual
On a CPanel server, for example, it always defaults to
[email protected], etc.
This results in confusion among users.

Since the "From" address of the reminder is mailman-
[email protected] and that address is also referenced in the
mail, users send their questions to that address -- which
may go to the server administrator, or to nobody at all,
instead of the appropriate list owner.

On my setup (a CPanel system) the following
replacement code appears to correct most of the
problem (in combination with an "import string"
statement near the top of the script):
siteowner = string.replace ( listaddr, '@', '-
owner@' )
sitereq = string.replace ( listaddr, '@', '-
request@' )
sitebounce = string.replace ( listaddr, '@', '-
bounces@' )

I have not tested it thoroughly, but I think it corrects
the siteowner and sitereq values.

(For some reason the corrected sitebounce address does
not have any effect. The reminder messages still have a
return-path of [email protected] instead of
the appropriate [email protected]. But, I don't
think this matters as much as making sure the siteowner
and sitereq addresses are correct.)

Thank you!

Comment By: Tokio Kikuchi (tkikuchi)
Date: 2005-01-17 00:27

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The feature that monthly password reminder is sent from
'mailman-owner' and not from the list owner is introduced
from 2.1. This is because a member can subscribe to multiple
lists and we cannnot decide which list should be picked for
the sender. So was introduced the 'site list.' From NEWS:

o There is now a `site list' which is a mailing list
that must
be created first, and from which all password
appear to come from. It is recommended that this
list be
called "[email protected]".


Comment By: Richard Barrett (ppsys)
Date: 2004-12-23 11:12

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CPanel sells a modified version of Mailman as part of its
commercial hosting product. They have not made their modifications
available to the Open Source developers and users of Mailman.

Unless you can identify that this problem is present with unmodified,
stable Mailman distribution source from sourceforge you will have to
take this matter up with your ISP/or CPanel. This is not least because
without the source code of the CPanel modifications it will be problematic
diagnosing the cause of the problem you observe.


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