[oclug] SendMail as a restricted mail relay
dmo+oclug at dmo.ca
Tue Nov 2 16:51:05 EST 2004
On Tue, Nov 02, 2004 at 03:50:28PM -0500, Justin Wheeler wrote:
> While I don't know sendmail all that well, so I'll refrain from
> comment or trying to assist with that, I'm curious as to this "lowest
> mx not responding helps block spam" thing.
The assumptions here are:
1) Everyone sending SMTP is RFC compliant (both legit MTAs and spammers)
2) Spammers are stupid
Neither of which, unfortunately, is universally true. Some MTAs will
continue to retry the lowest-weighted MX rather than trying to deliver
to a higher-weighted one, and some pammers frequently target
higher-weighted MX records in the hope that they might be less well
protected (some anti-spam software vendors charge per server).
> Perhaps I'm just speculating, but it seems to me that setting your
> lowest MX to an unresponsive host would do more harm than good.
Probably. It may have some benefit, but there's a risk that you might
not get some legitimate mail, and that usually isn't acceptable.
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