Rejected email redirect

Ken A ka at
Wed Mar 28 19:48:14 IST 2012

On 3/28/2012 1:06 PM, Sampson, Aaron wrote:
> So Ken are you saying that if I turn off the option in PF that SA is
> already running the same check by default?

Very similar checks, probably not the same exactly.. I have not done any 
comparison.. See `grep HELO /usr/share/spamassassin/*` to see what they 

If so will we run into the
> same issue that we have been facing that e-mails that are being sent
> to us whose name will not resolve will still be rejected, unless I
> change the config?

It may be tagged as spam and whatever you configure MailScanner to do - 
it will do. That's easy to deal with though. You can whitelist by IP, or 
change the scores of the HELO rules, or write new rules to offset the 
HELO rules.
ie: look for
HELO =~ /(?:somecompany|someothercompany)/ (not tested)..


Also I already have where (spam?) that does not
> fall into the high scoring spam score will go to quarantine folders
> but in the current state rejected emails are being denied in the MTA
> so never have an option to be processed further.  Which is the reason
> for looking at the change to allow the e-mails to make it further
> into the system before being rejected and/or stored.
> -----Original Message----- From:
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> [mailto:mailscanner-bounces at] On Behalf Of Ken
> A Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 11:00 AM To:
> mailscanner at Subject: Re: Rejected email
> redirect
> SA already has a lot of HELO rules, due to all the spam from bots,
> and the lack of decent HELO checks in MTAs by default.
> Use score actions in MailScanner.conf to put spam in quarantine or
> tag/deliver or whatever. Quarantine here is MTA quarantine, not an
> IMAP folder named "quarantine".
> If you want them in specific IMAP folders, you'll need to use your
> LDA + sieve, procmail, or similar to match something in the headers -
> like the X-MailScanner-SpamCheck header with "HELO_"
> Ken
> On 3/28/2012 10:07 AM, Sampson, Aaron wrote:
>> So my company is starting to deal with a lot of smaller companies
>> and I am running into an issue of e-mails being rejected due to the
>> HELO command coming back incorrect from the incoming e-mail.  I
>> know this is a simple fix and we have fixed this issue for several
>> companies but that is time consuming, and will become impossible as
>> business grows. Is there a way to for Mail Scanner to take the
>> rejected e-mails and place them in a folder like quarantine or even
>> the quarantined folder? If I change the reject message to a rule
>> set how would I set up the rule to say (any rejected e-mail place
>> in FOLDER...)  using MS 4.84.5, with clamd, spamassassin on CENTOS
>> 6.2 in case you need this as well. Thanks
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