The SpamAssassin rules are published after a lengthy process of distributed checks that takes too long. Identify ways to speed this up so rules can be published in 12 hours and 2x per day.
Apache SpamAssassin is a mail filter to identify spam. It is an intelligent email filter which uses a diverse range of tests to identify unsolicited bulk email, more commonly known as Spam. These tests are applied to email headers and content to classify email using advanced statistical methods.
In addition, SpamAssassin has a modular architecture that allows other technologies to be quickly wielded against spam and is designed for easy integration into virtually any email system.
It is primarily written in Perl with a few bits in C and shell scripts for system integration.
The compendium at https://raptor.pccc.com/raptor.cgim?template=email_spam_compendium is helpful to understand some of the concepts with SpamAssassin
It will be helpful for a student in this project to understand SMTP but a willingness to learn and setup your own mail server on a Linux Distribution with SpamAssassin for a personal test domain will be very desired with assistance provided to get the basic framework for a sandbox for learning.
As email becomes more commodotized by major providers, knowledge of email systems and their security is dwindling. This opportunity can provide real-world experience with an email security product that is employed by countless commercial systems in the world.