[CentOS] postfix and spam, I am impressed[Solution that works]

Tue Mar 13 11:21:41 UTC 2012
Bob Hoffman <bob at bobhoffman.com>

/Tue Mar 13 02:01:36 EDT 2012/  wrote:

>On 03/12/2012 10:06 PM, Nataraj wrote:
>>/  On 03/12/2012 09:08 PM, Ron Loftin wrote:
/>>>/  I'm going to chuck in my 2 cents worth here, as I've been using Postfix
/>>>/  as a first-line filter for some years now.
/>pbl.spamhaus.org (dynamic IP address RBL) is generally quite safe for
>most sites to use from postfix.  The rest of the spamhaus RBL's such as
>the combination that you get from zen.spamhaus.org are mostly safe
>(better than all others that I've tried), but not 100%.   Most others
>that I've tried I have gotten a fair number of false positives over time
>(This includes dul.dnsbl.sorbs.net, the sorbs dynamic IP RBL).  Many
>people feel that most other RBL's need to be used with a scoring
>mechanism, such as that provided by spamassasin, instead of directly
>from postfix to avoid getting too many false positives.


I changed it a bit since then. I found that sleep 1, when talking to my other VM that had
sleep 1, caused one mail to just get lost, so I dropped it.

My brother travels a lot and I found the client restrictions would not allow him
to send mail since the wi-fi he would connect to was not figured correctly causing
100% mail send failure. So I left client restrictions empty, but I force ssl and user auth
only anyway.

for the rbl lists I tried to pick those that had a notice page and a remove page.
This way a blocked user can try to figure out why.

Here is a bit from my logwatch, with 8 hours of non blocked spam and 16 hours since blocking it
6098 rejected, 429 accepted (most of those 429 were before the change)
Since 12 noon yesterday I have received 17 junk mails, all but two tagged by spamasassin.

Below is the logwatch section, followed by my final set up (at least so far).

    1.062M  Bytes accepted                         1,113,084
  1007.732K  Bytes delivered                        1,031,918
  ========   ================================================

       429   Accepted                                   6.57%
      6098   Rejected                                  93.43%
  --------   ------------------------------------------------
      6527   Total                                    100.00%
  ========   ================================================

         4   Reject relay denied                        0.07%
       340   Reject HELO/EHLO                           5.58%
      1749   Reject unknown user                       28.68%
         1   Reject recipient address                   0.02%
         3   Reject sender address                      0.05%
      4001   Reject RBL                                65.61%
  --------   ------------------------------------------------
      6098   Total Rejects                            100.00%
  ========   ================================================

         8   4xx Reject relay denied                    0.84%
       318   4xx Reject HELO/EHLO                      33.23%
        39   4xx Reject unknown user                    4.08%
        81   4xx Reject recipient address               8.46%
       511   4xx Reject sender address                 53.40%
  --------   ------------------------------------------------
       957   Total 4xx Rejects                        100.00%
  ========   ================================================

      3534   Connections made
       419   Connections lost
      3533   Disconnections
       429   Removed from queue
       137   Delivered
        10   Sent via SMTP
         1   Bounce (remote)
         1   DSNs undeliverable

        22   Connection failure (outbound)
        23   Timeout (inbound)
         1   RBL lookup error
        35   Excessive errors in SMTP commands dialog
       802   Hostname verification errors
        89   Address is deliverable (sendmail -bv)
       194   Address is undeliverable (sendmail -bv)
         4   Enabled PIX workaround
         9   SASL authenticated messages

         7   Postfix start
         7   Postfix stop
         4   Postfix refresh

# for SMTP-Auth settings

smtpd_sasl_type = dovecot
smtpd_sasl_path = private/auth
smtpd_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtpd_sasl_security_options = noanonymous
smtpd_sasl_local_domain = $myhostname

smtpd_delay_reject = yes
smtpd_helo_required = yes

smtpd_client_restrictions = permit_mynetworks

smtpd_helo_restrictions =

smtpd_sender_restrictions =

smtpd_recipient_restrictions =
     reject_rbl_client zen.spamhaus.org,
     reject_rbl_client truncate.gbudb.net,
     reject_rbl_client dnsbl.njabl.org
     reject_rbl_client cbl.abuseat.org
     reject_rbl_client bl.spamcop.net,
     reject_rbl_client dnsbl.sorbs.net,

smtpd_data_restrictions =
smtpd_use_tls = yes
smtpd_tls_cert_file = /etc/pki/dovecot/certs/dovecot.pem
smtpd_tls_key_file = /etc/pki/dovecot/private/dovecot.pem