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[vox-tech] Re: spam greylisting (was: [vox] Posting to the lists)

On Fri 22 Dec 06, 11:23 AM, p <p> said:
> On Fri 22 Dec 06,  8:04 AM, Rod Roark <rod@sunsetsystems.com> said:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > I just wanted to mention that due to recent major increases in spam
> > activity, last night I've increased my mail server's greylisting delay
> > from 15 seconds to 45 minutes.
> > 
> > What this means is: if you post a message to any of the LUGOD mailing
> > lists and have not previously done so within the past 35 days, then
> > there will be a delay of 45 minutes or more before your message is
> > distributed.
> > 
> > For more information about greylisting, see:
> > 
> >   http://projects.puremagic.com/greylisting/whitepaper.html
> > 
> > And yes, the change has improved things greatly.  For the past few
> > mornings I had seen 10-20 spams in my inbox.  This morning, none at
> > all!
> > 
> > Rod
> Hi Rod,
> I noticed that over the past year, my spam-in-the-box count has increased
> from 1-2/week to 2-5/day.  Still low compared to what it was before I went
> hog-wild with Postfix anti-spam options, but annoying.
> Back then I was getting roughly 400 spams/day, the vast majority being
> caught with a combination of:
>    * pre-delivery:  Postfix spam options and filters and RBL's
>    * post-delivery: spamassassin, bogofilter and procmail
> I can only imagine how many spams per day I'm getting today.  I'm too afraid
> to turn all the anti-spam measures off to take a look.  However, if the
> percentage of spam getting caught by all my measures scaled linearly in the
> past year, a double in spam-in-the-box means a double in spam attempts, or
> 800 per day.  Ick.
> I'm at work, so I could only briefly scan the url, but this looks pretty
> awesome!  Thanks for mentioning it.  Will definitely take a look at this
> tonight.
> I was also thinking of looking into SPF.  I know it's flawed, but I'd like
> to take a look to see if it might work for me anyhow.  Do you know if anyone
> is using it these day?
> Again, thanks for mentioning this!
> Pete

OK.  I implemented SPF on my Postfix mail server and published SPF records
for dirac.org and wavefunction.org.  It was actually pretty easy.

Also redid/re-evaluated my entire Postfix main.cf anti-UCE section.  Added
some extra anti-UCE guards I didn't have in there before.

All in all a productive day.
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