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BlogSpam.net repository cleanup, and email-changes.

3 December 2017 21:50

I've shuffled around all the repositories which are associated with the blogspam service, such that they're all in the same place and refer to each other correctly:

Otherwise I've done a bit of tidying up on virtual machines, and I'm just about to drop the use of qpsmtpd for handling my email. I've used the (perl-based) qpsmtpd project for many years, and documented how my system works in a "book":

I'll be switching to pure exim4-based setup later today, and we'll see what that does. So far today I've received over five thousand spam emails:

  steve@ssh /spam/today $ find . -type f | wc -l
  5731

Looking more closely though over half of these rejections are "dictionary attacks", so they're not SPAM I'd see if I dropped the qpsmtpd-layer. Here's a sample log entry (for a mail that was both rejected at SMTP-time by qpsmtpd and archived to disc in case of error):

   {"from":"<clzzgiadqb@ics.uci.edu>",
    "helo":"adrian-monk-v3.ics.uci.edu",
    "reason":"Mail for juha not accepted at steve.fi",
    "filename":"1512284907.P26574M119173Q0.ssh.steve.org.uk.steve.fi",
    "subject":"Viagra Professional. Beyond compare. Buy at our shop.",
    "ip":"2a00:6d40:60:814e::1",
    "message-id":"<p65NxDXNOo1b.cdD3s73osVDDQ@ics.uci.edu>",
    "recipient":"juha@steve.fi",
    "host":"Unknown"}

I suspect that with procmail piping to crm114, and a beefed up spam-checking configuration for exim4 I'll not see a significant difference and I'll have removed something non-standard. For what it is worth over 75% of the remaining junk which was rejected at SMTP-time has been rejected via DNS-blacklists. So again exim4 will take care of that for me.

If it turns out that I'm getting inundated with junk-mail I'll revert this, but I suspect that it'll all be fine.

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icon Jonathan at 21:05 on 3 December 2017
http://jmtd.net

A happy exim + dnsbl (mostly spamhaus) + procmail-to-crm114 user here for many years. I'm amazed crm114 is not more popular than it is, it has just worked for me for 10 years or more.