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This really should be quite a quick and simple post.

I use several tools to protect my mail servers from spam, the most effective of these I’ve found is using external lists in conjunction with reject_rbl_client and reject_rhsbl_client.

+======================+======================================================================================================+ | Service | description | +======================+======================================================================================================+ | zen.spamhaus.org | A single lookup for querying the SBL, XBL and PBL databases. | | | - SBL - Verified sources of spam, including spammers and their support services | | | - XBL - Illegal third-party exploits (e.g. open proxies and Trojan Horses) | | | - PBL - Static, dial-up & DHCP IP address space that is not meant to be initiating SMTP connections | +———————————+———————————————————————————————————————————————————+ | dnsbl.sorbs.net | Unsolicited bulk/commercial email senders | +———————————+———————————————————————————————————————————————————+ | spam.dnsbl.sorbs.net | Hosts that have allegedly sent spam to the admins of SORBS at any time | +———————————+———————————————————————————————————————————————————+ | b1.spamcop.net | IP addresses which have been used to transmit reported email to SpamCop users | +———————————+———————————————————————————————————————————————————+ | rhsbl.ahbl.org | Domains sending spam, domains owned by spammers, comment spam domains, spammed URLs | +———————————+———————————————————————————————————————————————————+

The description for each of these services was shamelessly taken from Wikipedia, I have listed the services that I actually use but you can find a much larger list on the page that I took the descriptions from.

*Please note that the SORBS lists are generally classed as being aggressive and a lot of people advise not to use them due to this. They have been known to block emails from senders like Facebook.*

You can pick and choose which ones you use and you configure them as below within smtp_recipient_restrictions in /etc/postfix/main.cf

smtpd_recipient_restrictions =
  reject_rbl_client zen.spamhaus.org,
  reject_rbl_client dnsbl.sorbs.net,
  reject_rbl_client spam.dnsbl.sorbs.net,
  reject_rbl_client bl.spamcop.net,
  reject_rhsbl_client rhsbl.ahbl.org


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