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[ale] the _REAL_REASON_ for the admin change

On Wed, 2008-02-20 at 00:16 -0500, Jim Popovitch wrote:
> 2008/2/20 Jim Kinney <jim.kinney at gmail.com>:
> > Clearly, spamassassin needs some tuning on the new server.

> spamassassin should be at least the 3rd level protection, after
> ClamAV.  First line should be DNSBLs at the MTA.

	First line should be greet_pause to knock off the botnets.

> Add these to sendmail.mc and recompile it:

> FEATURE(`enhdnsbl', `dnsbl-1.uceprotect.net', `Rejected by DNSBL')dnl
> FEATURE(`enhdnsbl', `dnsbl-2.uceprotect.net', `Rejected by DNSBL')dnl
> FEATURE(`enhdnsbl', `zen.spamhaus.org', `Rejected by DNSBL')dnl
> FEATURE(`enhdnsbl', `dnsbl.sorbs.net', `Rejected by DNSBL')dnl

FEATURE(`greet_pause',10000)dnl 10 seconds

	Then add something like this to "access" for anything you do NOT want to delay:

GreetPause:localhost            0

	Anything not listed in access will get a default greet_pause of 10
seconds.  What this means is that sendmail waits for 10 seconds before
sending its banner.  If the client attempts to send any data (say
botnet) sendmail closes the connection right then and there.

	Pause time is in mSec and 0 means no delay.

	I've seen this reduce spam load by 80% or more, depending on how much
spam is being relayed to you through legitimate E-Mail servers.  In the
case of a front end to a mailing list, I would expect much higher
effectiveness, since you don't have many lists feeding to the list.  The
majority of the spam I see is now being relayed to mailing lists to
which I'm subscribed and, consequently, can not stop this way.  If your
E-Mail is handled by another MX server (not the case here with the list)
then it has to be done on the MX server.  It obviously has to be running
on the machine that the botnets are contacting.

> -Jim P.

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