Blocking top-level domains
rcooper at dwford.com
Fri Jul 18 23:01:18 IST 2014
I agree with Tracy and Kevin. I block those tlds that I don't ever need to
connect at exim level, what is the point of recieving the mail, sending it
to MailScanner and then discarding it after all that work?
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[mailto:mailscanner-bounces at lists.mailscanner.info] On Behalf Of Bryan
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 1:47 PM
To: mailscanner at lists.mailscanner.info
Subject: Blocking top-level domains
I had an interesting situation creep up on me this week where I thought that
something was happening (or being processed) in MailScanner/SpamAssassin but
apparently it was not.
I have two mail relay scanners running MailScanner & SpamAssassin on Suse
Linux. These boxes scan incoming mail for spam & viruses and then relay to
my MS Exchange server. I had an influx of spam this week coming in from
several top-level domains that we wouldn't normally receive any valid emails
from anyway, like .eu, .in, .asia, .club, etc.
Upon investigating the situation I found that the Trend Micro Scan Mail
service on my Exchange server crashed which lead me to the discovery that
MailScanner & SpamAssassin weren't filtering mail from these unwanted top
level domains as I thought and all that work was being done by my exchange
So, the question of the day is. Where is the best place to turn on
filtering or set a rule somehow to filter unwanted top-level domains at the
Like all things in IT there are probably multiple ways of doing this so I am
curious as to what others are doing. All thoughts & comments are welcome.
Bryan S. Laurila
Senior Network Support Analyst
Dickinson County Healthcare System
1721 South Stephenson Avenue
Iron Mountain, Michigan 49801
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