8 Feb 2007 alvherre   » (Master)

Hotmail shipping delivery failure reports with BOM

I just noticed that some messages that I've been discarding thinking
they were spam were in fact delivery failure reports from Hotmail.

The problem is that they show up with an empty header, and my MUA shows
a sender of "@". More junk, I thought, and deleted them on sight
without opening. A couple of days ago I opened one of them and saw
this in the body:

rom: postmaster@mail.hotmail.com
To: pgsql-es-ayuda-owner+M24188@postgresql.org
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2007 06:23:21 GMT
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/report; report-type=delivery-status;
X-DSNContext: 7ce717b1 - 1196 - 00000002 - 00000000
Subject: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)
Return-Path: <>

Wow, I thought, this looks suspiciously similar to a mail header. Note the missing F in "From: " though.

I opened it on vim and saw this:
<feff>From: postmaster@mail.hotmail.com

A Byte-order-mark :-( Apparently someone at Microsoft is dumb enough to stash that thing in front of their mail.

Saturating the market with the idiotic Windows stuff was not enough -- now they have to inflict upon us a new level of stupidity.

I wonder when will come the day when all mail generated in Microsoft systems is incompatible with everyone else. For now, I suggest the poor fellows using Hotmail to switch to something else (Gmail.com seems very popular these days. If you want an invitation, just ask.)

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