Scanning Order

Scott Silva ssilva at SGVWATER.COM
Mon Sep 19 23:56:47 IST 2005

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Dennis Willson spake the following on 9/19/2005 1:36 PM:
> Yes, this is very true, at least 75% of incoming eMail is Spam. So
> reducing the amount of scanning reduces the overall CPU load on the
> server. I use greylisting and that removes about 90% of the Spam before
> it even enters the system. This actually removes a lot of the system
> load as 90% of the Spam is not scanned at all. I use Milter-Greylist and
> I'm very happy with it. If you have multiple MX hosts it will even
> coordinate the greylist data so if retries occur on one of your backup
> MX hosts it has the correct information to let it through or not and if
> one MX host has already determined to auto-white list, they all know.
> I highly recommend greylisting. Since implementing it my MX hosts are
> very happy and I have not heard anything but compliments from any of my
> users, not a single complaint! I think this is extremely complimentary
> with MailScanner.
> Dennis
> Julian Field wrote:
>> Most of your mail (say 75%) is spam. Relatively, very little of it 
>> (say 5%) is a virus.
>> So if you do spam checks first, then delete all the spam, you don't 
>> need to do anything further with 75% of your incoming mail. So the 
>> overhead of all further processing of 75% of your mail never happens. 
>> That includes all the expensive checks like the phishing net, as well 
>> as the straight virus scanning.

Since you are already using a milter, maybe you could use clamav-milter
to pre-scan your mail.


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