mailscanner and sendmail dilemma

Michele Neylon :: Blacknight Solutions michele at BLACKNIGHTSOLUTIONS.COM
Wed Oct 1 12:03:53 IST 2003

It sounds to me like sendmail is running as well as mailscanner. You would
need to stop sendmail running independently and edit the startup scripts so
that it runs from mailscanner

Mr. Michele Neylon
Blacknight Solutions
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: MailScanner mailing list
> [mailto:MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of Steve Freegard
> Sent: 01 October 2003 11:55
> Subject: Re: mailscanner and sendmail dilemma
> Hello,
> Can you post the output of the following commands (as root):
> chkconfig --list sendmail
> chkconfig --list MailScanner
> Then, try running the following:
> service MailScanner stop
> service sendmail stop
> wait for a minute then check the output of 'ps ax' to make
> sure no sendmail or MailScanner processes remain (kill then
> with 'kill -HUP <pid>' if they do), then restart MailScanner:
> service MailScanner start
> then post the relevant lines from /var/log/maillog showing
> the MailScanner startup and the processing of a test message
> through mailscanner.
> Then maybe it'll be obvious to me or someone else as to what
> is up with your set-up.
> Kind regards,
> Steve.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: kfliong [mailto:kfliong at WOFS.COM]
> Sent: 01 October 2003 10:02
> Subject: mailscanner and sendmail dilemma
> Hi all,
> I know this doesn't seems to be the correct channel to ask
> for help but I am out of options. The message below I posted
> to  rackshack (my webserver
> host) forum but no one replied after 3 days. I am now posting
> it here hoping that the experts here will be able to shed
> some light into solving my problem.
> It's quite long so please bear with me. Thanks in advance.
> --------------
> I am having a problem with sendmail and mailscanner. My
> problem is that some of my mails go through sendmail and some
> through mailscanner. Those that go through sendmail do not
> get filter. So, I am still getting lots of spams and virus.
> Here is my story :
> I have redhat 7.2 with ensim 3.1.10.
> I previously configured procmail to fight spams and virus.
> Then I found out about mailscanner. Then I installed
> mailscanner (not sure if I removed procmail correctly as too
> long ago). I followed the guide in the forum how-to to
> install mailscanner (MS)+f-prot+spamassassin (SA).
> After installing this, it works great. I stop getting spams
> and virus. Not long after that, something dreadful happened.
> What happened, I can only describe from my memory which is
> kinda blurry on which event happens first.
> I'll try to list them in the correct order.
> I then installed a software called mailwatch. It was at
> version 0.1 beta.
> Installing this software require me to edit the
> file. Not sure if this will affect
> mailscanner in anyway. Still running fine. One day, my server
> crashed. Not sure what happened. The whole email system got
> affected. Nobody can login to email to check mails. Not even
> login to ssh.
> Only admin and root can login. But websites seems to be still
> working. I tried and tried and then not even admin login
> works. It took a few days for rackshack tech to bring it back
> up. I am not sure what they did as they wouldn't tell me even
> after I keep pestering them. But I think they did somesort of
> restore as all the root, admin, ensim password was reset.
> So, I re-installed mailscanner. This time using
> mailscanner+clamav+SA howto (which is btw a great howto). I
> am not sure if I removed the previous mailscanner combo
> correctly. Then mails stating to act weird. A lot of users
> are getting mails <<<no message>>> in the mails. After
> searching around and tailling the maillog and some help, i
> think this problem is due to mailscanner and sendmail both
> fighting to handle the mail and eventually the message got
> deleted and being send to the recipient. After trying to
> re-install mailscanner, i still have this problem.
> Eventually, after a few weeks, this problem went away. I
> don't know what I did (too many to
> remember) but it did go away. But I still have problem of
> some mails being handled between sendmail and MS.
> Then I upgraded MS, clamav and SA hoping that it will solve
> this problem.
> No good. Still have. I even upgraded to mailwatch to 0.3 (if
> it's anything to do with it). Still having some mails being
> handled by MS and sendmail.
> Mailwatch seems to be working fine aside from the virus
> report not working.
> Anyone have solution to this? I really need some expertise
> here. Should I remove MS+clamav+SA totally and re-install?
> How to clean them completely? I am waiting for ensim to
> create the security patch for sendmail which have the buffer
> overflow bug. But I guess this does not have anything to do
> with my problem.
> What about file? Is there something I should look inside?
> should I delete mailwatch which I am not
> sure is affecting this. BTW, mailwatch is a program that
> monitors the emails and then create a database to show the
> stats of emails through a webgui.
> Thanks for reading my long problem. But if I don't solve
> this, it will become longer. Also please bear in mind that in
> the period of having this problem unresolved, I also did some
> upgrade on other part of the system such as mysql, php,
> mysqladmin and so on.
> Any suggestion is highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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