Anti-Spam Actions

Broadly speaking you have a few choices once you have detected spam:

  • Reject spam immediately during the SMTP conversation. Rejecting spam outright is an attractive idea because you never have to store a copy of the message and worry about what to do with it. The sender of the message is responsible for handling the error. If your site has a low tolerance for rejecting legitimate messages, you might prefer to accept suspect messages and develop a process to review them periodically to make sure that there are no good messages in with the bad.
  • Save spam into a suspected spam repository. If you save the suspect messages and review them periodically, you can be sure that you don't miss any legitimate mail. The task is cumbersome and usually requires frequent reviews, so you may not gain much over allowing suspect messages into users' mail boxes.
  • Label spam and deliver it with some kind of spam tag. This option provides users with flexibility in determining their own tolerance for spam versus their sensitivity to missing real messages. Postfix doesn't currently have a built-in mechanism for labeling spam. You can easily have Postfix work with an external content filter to handle the labeling (see Chapter 14). If the content filter delivers tagged messages to individual users, they can configure their email software to deal with it according to their own preferences.

When using an MTA for spam detection, the rejection option is usually best. If you want more flexibility, consider using options that filter spam at the MDA or MUA level. A combination of spam filtering is also a good alternative. You can configure Postfix to reject the obvious spam, allowing suspicious messages through to the next level where another agent can perform the most appropriate action.

Postfix really excels in its tools to help you identify spam clients and reject them. Rejecting messages with Postfix requires fewer system resources than invoking external filters after the message has been accepted. If you are concerned about losing legitimate mail, there are still a couple of safety measures available that we'll look at when configuring Postfix.



Postfix Architecture

General Configuration and Administration

Queue Management

Email and DNS

Local Delivery and POP/IMAP

Hosting Multiple Domains

Mail Relaying

Mailing Lists

Blocking Unsolicited Bulk Email

SASL Authentication

Transport Layer Security

Content Filtering

External Databases

Appendix A. Configuration Parameters

Appendix B. Postfix Commands

Appendix C. Compiling and Installing Postfix

Appendix D. Frequently Asked Questions

Postfix(c) The Definitive Guide
Postfix: The Definitive Guide
ISBN: 0596002122
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 130
Authors: Kyle Dent D. © 2008-2020.
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