Category Archives: Electronic Mail

Signing Return Path Addresses with Exim

I have been receiving a fair amount of Spam from an e-mail forwarder.  They are unwilling to correct their problems.  Much of the Spam they forward is the form of bounce notifications.  Attempting to reject other Spam resulted in more notifications.  To control this Spam I implemented signed return path addresses.  As a side benefit, I am also rejecting bogus notifications sent directly to me.

Signing my return path allows me to reject faked notification e-mail.  The SMTP standard requires that no email sent with a null return path “<>” (aka Envelope Sender) be returned.  Its purpose is for allow for notifications about existing messages.  These includes notifications such as address unknown, message delivered, and message read.  E-mail notification which are not about a previously sent message can be refused . Signing the return path allowed me to reject such invalid notifications. Continue reading

Running an Email Server

I administer an email server for a couple of domains and a few users.  Incorrectly configured email servers result in a lot of my administration work.   Due to improper configuration, far too many servers look like Spam servers.   A little effort in setting up your server can make my life easier, and increase your chance of successfully delivering email everywhere.  This article describes steps you should take. Continue reading