Postfix Backup MX eMail Server Anti-Spam Configuration

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According to RFC2821 the lowest-numbered records are the most preferred MX for domain. So I’ve a target Postfix backup server to keep the messages in a queue waiting for the primary server to become available. This ensures that if my primary MX goes down I do not loss any emails. However, spammers are connecting to my backup MX to avoid anti spam filters that are running on the primary MX server. This also hides their real IP from my primary MX. How do I configure anti-spam for my backup RHEL / CentOS 5.3 based Postfix mx server?

Postfix blacklist or reject an email address

Posted on in Categories , , last updated November 6, 2007

Q. I’ve Postfix based CentOS Linux server. I need to blacklist email ID: [email protected] . How do I blacklist email address with postfix? I also have spamassassin software installed.

A. By default, the Postfix SMTP server accepts any sender address. However you can block / blacklist sender email address easily with Postfix. It has SMTP server access table.

Open /etc/postfix/sender_access file
# cd /etc/postfix
# vi sender_access

Append sender email id as follows:
[email protected] REJECT
Save and close the file. Use postmap command to create a database:
# postmap hash:sender_access
Now open main.cf and add code as follows:
smtpd_recipient_restrictions = check_sender_access hash:/etc/postfix/sender_access
Save and close the file. Restart / reload postfix MTA:
# /etc/init.d/postfix restart

You can also use spamassassin to blacklist email address. Just add to your own spamassassin configuration or to /etc/mail/spamassassin/local.cf file:
# vi /etc/mail/spamassassin/local.cf
Append blacklist as follows:
blacklist_from [email protected]
Save and close the file. Restart spamassassin:
# /etc/init.d/spamassassin restart

spamassassin will marke mail as SPAM instead of rejecting the same.