https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=46640

Nemo <federicol...@tiscali.it> changed:

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--- Comment #6 from Nemo <federicol...@tiscali.it> ---
(In reply to Faidon Liambotis from comment #5)
> So, this bug report was filed right after a conversation about Echo (RT
> #4785) in which I was the one to propose VERP, so we've actually ran a full
> circle now :)

Hah! Good thing it was still on someone's radar then. Thanks for the reply.

> 
> Yes, we need to do VERP and we'll make that happen. We're not ready yet for
> making that change (= making API calls from the mailservers) as the mail
> infrastructure is about to be rebuilt, but I think catching up again in,
> say, 1-2 months time would be the right time for this.

1-2 months from now would be great for GSoC (it's the deadline for students
applications) if someone thinks this suits a GSoC work and unless you want this
bug to be fixed *before* the summer by ops/platform.

> 
> From the mailserver side, we can run a script (preferrably one that doesn't
> need a full MediaWiki install on the system ;)) when emails to bounce-XXX
> addresses arrive.
> 
> The way to avoid fake bounces DoSing a user would be to use a
> bounce-<hash>@wikimedia.org return path address with <hash> either being a
> random, stored token or one that is the output of a symmetrical encryption
> function, encrypt(email, secret). I'm sure Chris Steipp will have multiple
> good ideas about that :)

Sounds like an endorsement/proposal for Chris to be a (co-)mentor? ;-) Chris,
are you interested in soliciting students work in this area? If yes, who could
be interested mentoring?

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