Postfix Integration - Run another filter first
jjamieson at futurefoundations.com
Thu Aug 7 21:33:49 IST 2008
That would work (maybe) although I suck at perl if there's any advanced
coding required. As long as the code isn't too complicated I *think* I
could get by. I'm not a programmer by trade but I can write some php
and bash scripts.
If this were to work ideally, I'd be able to use a custom scanner within
MailScanner which will add some header tags which could then be picked
up by SpamAssassin - meaning, it will integrate better into the system
as I can add it as a score line item. I like the idea of integrating
many different techniques into a single scoring system. It helps
reduce false positives and reduce spam. I hate letting a single
technique block messages altogether - such as RBL blocks or dynamic IP
ranges. Much rather have those things add a few points to the total
Am I right about the postfix/filter order though? Does postfix send
messages to the HOLD before running the other items listed in master.cf?
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[mailto:mailscanner-bounces at lists.mailscanner.info] On Behalf Of Julian
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 4:14 PM
To: MailScanner discussion
Subject: Re: Postfix Integration - Run another filter first
Joseph Jamieson wrote:
> I'm pretty new to MailScanner, but I do have a working system and it
> I am having trouble tracking down a few bits of information, though -
> and this is mostly a Postfix question but I figured someone here might
> MailScanner uses the Postfix header-checks "HOLD" feature to scan the
> messages. Postfix drops the message into the hold folder, and every
> few moments MailScanner will check the folder, scan all the messages,
> and then drop it into a folder for postfix to grab and continue
> sending the message on its way.
> At what time in the process does Postfix do this? It appears that
> postfix will do this before pretty much anything else. So, if I have a
> filter set up in the master.cf (for instance, dspam) MailScanner
> always gets a hold of the message first. What if I wanted to use dspam
> to tag a message probability, and add some scores to SpamAssassin
> (which is run by MailScanner?) That way, MailScanner remains the only
> system that's doing any tagging, quarantining, etc.
> DSPAM is just an example. I can think of several other nice little
> things I'd like to be able to do, too.
> So, I guess the question is: Is there any way to run a filter via
> Postfix **before** MailScanner gets its turn? Or do I have it all
> wrong here?
You could implement DSPAM (or others) as a generic virus scanner or a
custom spam scanner within MailScanner. How about that approach instead?
It will take you a bit of digging in the MailScanner code to implement,
but the hooks are there, and I probably even wrote you some sample code
in CustomConfig.pm or
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