Tag Archives: spam

Detecting Email Server Forgery

Most of the spam I see has been sent by servers forging or otherwise obscuring their server identity.  RFC2505 states that the server identity and sender address are easily forged.  Of these, it is easiest to identify server forgery.  Very little, if any, of the personal email has a forged server identity.  Unfortunately, legitimate bulk and automated email often shows signs of server identity.   If you deliver either of these types of email this article will provide information of fixing the situation.

The rules here apply email originating from the Internet only.    Mail User Agents submitting email are expected to violate these rules.  MUAs should use an authenticated encrypted connection to the Submission port (576).  Relay servers should not apply these rules to connections originating form the local network. Continue reading

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