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RBL – Fight SPAM With Postfix

Using RBL is really efficient and pretty lightweight. All it take is some DNS queries and if you were going to receive a lot of spam email from the same client, this DNS entries will be cached in your (local) DNS. To get some figures on how many emails get caught through, on a server that 90% of the email rejected, 90 – 95% of them are from Realtime Blackhole Lists, the rest is relay being denied!

Configure Realtime Blackhole Lists (RBL) to Postfix

Edit /etc/postfix/main.cf file and edit the smtpd_recipient_restrictions entry to add a line’s:

    # Realtime Blackhole Lists
    reject_rbl_client xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.srbl.malware.expert

Postfix smtpd_recipient_restrictions configuration should look something like this now:

smtpd_recipient_restrictions =
    permit_mynetworks
    reject_unauth_destination
    reject_invalid_helo_hostname
    warn_if_reject reject_non_fqdn_helo_hostname
    warn_if_reject reject_unknown_helo_hostname
    warn_if_reject reject_unknown_reverse_client_hostname
    reject_non_fqdn_sender
    reject_non_fqdn_recipient
    reject_unknown_sender_domain
    reject_unknown_recipient_domain
    # Realtime Blackhole Lists
    reject_rbl_client xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.srbl.malware.expert

Where xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.srbl.malware.expert is your subscription with key.

Restart Postfix

# /etc/init.d/postfix restart

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