Thursday, 9 March 2006

Other efforts to stop Spam

Watching the logs closely after my Greylisting install made me notice just how many attempts are being made to deliver junk to my mail server. I thought I'd add some a few more checks to Postfix so the messages don't even make it to the Greylisting stage. The most effective ones are; requiring a fully qualified HELO string (you'd be surprised how many Spammers just use HELO localhost), and checking that the sender exists before accepting the message. This is done with reject_non_fqdn_hostname under smtpd_recipient_restrictions, and reject_unverified_sender under smtpd_sender_restrictions respectively. A good guide on how to set up sender verification can be found on the Postfix website.

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