[CentOS] Re: SYD flood dropped on Sendmail (centos 4.x)

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Fri Nov 21 22:02:58 UTC 2008

on 11-21-2008 11:53 AM Scott Silva spake the following:
> on 11-20-2008 5:31 PM Kai Schaetzl spake the following:
>> Scott Silva wrote on Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:03:04 -0800:
>>> CentOS 4 comes with a very OLD version of dovecot.
>>> If you are using dovecot, you can get a much newer version at atrpms.net.
>>> The upgrade might be all you need to fix it.
>> The dovecot in CentOS 5 exhibits the same problem when hammered by 
>> dictionary attacks. Is the atrpms version newer?
>> Kai
> You can get 1.0.15 which is the recent stable for the 1.0 series, and you can
> get 1.1.16 which has many new improvements over 1.0, and is the current stable
> branch. I think the 1.1 branch has some changes to the auth code that might
> help. Read the dovecot wiki for the steps you need to follow to upgrade,
> especially if you want to go back.
> I really recommend you at least go to the 1.0 branch instead of the 0.99 beta
> in CentOS 4. The indexing improvements alone are worth it.
Another option is something like fail2ban, and have it drop the connections
and add a firewall rule when you get too many bad attempts on that port.
Fail2ban can read the logs and act for you before it gets too bad.

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