Postfix mail server block .bat, .exe .com .vbs mime attachments – common virus spreading files

in Categories Howto, Linux, Mail server, Postfix, RedHat/Fedora Linux, UNIX last updated June 20, 2007

Postfix provides Mime header check for all incoming messages. You can put restrictions on .exe / .bat / .vbs files and block all attachments.

mime_header_checks directive allows you to define file, you will place a restriction for any file extensions that you do not want to have passing through your mail sever system.

On most mail server the first thing that needs to be done is to enable header checks and block dangerous files.

Define mine header checks

Open file:
# vi /etc/postfix/
Append / set mime_header_checks directive as follows:
mime_header_checks = regexp:/etc/postfix/mime_header_checks

Save and close the file.

Block attachments

Now open /etc/postfix/mime_header_checks file:
# vi /etc/postfix/mime_header_checks
Append following line:
/name=[^>]*\.(bat|com|exe|dll|vbs)/ REJECT
Save and close the file.

Restart postfix

First create postfix lookup table for mime_header_checks file:
# /etc/init.d/postfix restart

Watch log file

You should see rejected mail log in /var/log/maillog file:
# tail -f /var/log/maillog

Jun 20 14:28:06 server postfix/smtpd[5442]: connect from[]
Jun 20 14:28:07 server postfix/smtpd[5442]: 245F913906EE:[]
Jun 20 14:28:07 server postfix/cleanup[5492]: 245F913906EE: message-id=<>
Jun 20 14:28:07 server postfix/cleanup[5492]: 245F913906EE: reject: header Content-Type: application/x-msdos-program; name="updatebankdetails.bat" from[]; from= to= proto=SMTP helo=: Message content rejected

For more information please read postfix and header_checks man page.