startin, startout, stopms

Randal, Phil prandal at
Thu Aug 21 14:17:24 IST 2008


Are you using RBLs at the MTA level to reduce the load?


Phil Randal
Networks Engineer
Herefordshire Council
Hereford, UK

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Subject: Re: startin, startout, stopms

Gary Alexander wrote:
> 2008/8/20 Steve Campbell <campbell at>
>> I'm getting hammered today and my input queue just keeps growing and 
>> growing. I'd like to stop the input queue from receiving more mail 
>> but still process what's there using MS. What option do I give my
/etc/rc.d/init.d/MailScanner command to accomplish this?
> Again if you are using sendmail you can use the rate limiting 
> functions for a pemanent solution. See here for details 
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Thanks very much for the link. I see it starting all over again today,
so it looks as though I will need to use some of the suggestions from
the link.


I am using sendmail. The attack is from differing IPs for almost each
message, so blocking the IP in the access file is useless as an
immediate deterent. MS/SA is doing it's job properly and very well at
not letting almost all of this through.



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