[Dovecot] what best for anti-spam filter?

Stan Hoeppner stan at hardwarefreak.com
Tue Jul 24 11:38:00 EEST 2012

On 7/24/2012 2:16 AM, Arnaud Abélard wrote:

> And first of all, even if this is not dovecot related, use a greylisting
> solution.

Greylisting only stops bots.  It is resource intensive, and causes
delivery delays.  There exist bot spam killing solutions that are just
as effective, with less downside.  Two are Postfix' postscreen daemon,
and fqrdns.pcre, which rejects based on consumer/dynamic looking rDNS.
Some users have modified the latter for use on HELO strings instead of
client rDNS strings, with good success.  Either combined with CBL/ZEN
should kill all your bot spam much more efficiently.  I'm surprised
you're using greylisting (Postgrey?) with 72k mailboxes.

> Indeed! Fighting spam is a continuous task.


> We (72,000 mailboxes) are currently using amavisd-new with spamassassin
> and CRM114 via a custom plugin instead of the default bayesian filter.
> Also like Noel, we're using DNSBLs, SPF (although we had to publish a
> permissive record since some of our users are using their ISP smtp
> instead of our own).

Which of your countermeasures blocks spam from Orange/France Telecom
VPS/colo sources?


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