mailscanner in ISP

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Fri Aug 8 10:52:34 IST 2008

On Thu, 2008-08-07 at 15:06 +0100, Paulo Roncon wrote:
> Hello all,
> I work in a ISP and we want to install mailscanner to stop OUTBOUND spam as its becoming a bottleneck...
> I dont have any network metrics, as the guy in charge in out. I'm thinking 1000000 plus messages/day.
> Questions:
> -Anyone has ideias of the kind of HW solution nedeed?
> -OUTBOUND filtering: Its gonna be *->*. Do you see any problems?
> -Which is the fastest configuration possible?
> -What pieces of SW should I install (AV, Pyzor, etc,etc)?. I'm aiming to speed and to block about 85% of spam. I'm not aiming at near 100% spam free...
> Thanks!

Outbound spam protection could be a lot simpler than inbound. 

You need not catch *all* the spam here. Just a couple and you know whose
neck to catch 

* Have a clear policy on UCE defined to all your customers
* Make sure all your users have strong passwords while authenticating
* Make your mail headers very clear to indicate whose account is the
* Have Ratelimits configured on your MTA
* Install MS + barebones SA and quarantine spams  ( The default SA will
do )
* Employ an Admin to monitor quarantine and terminate spammer  accounts
immediately. Dont throw away the spams you may need it when the user
calls you to complain

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