Re: ***SPAM*** Re: ***SPAM*** Re: Massive SPAM Increase {-2.6} {-2.6} Oct 16 2006 06:30AM
Paul Schmehl (pauls utdallas edu)
--On October 14, 2006 1:44:04 AM -0400 Valdis.Kletnieks (at) vt (dot) edu [email concealed] wrote:

> On Fri, 13 Oct 2006 22:52:12 CDT, you said:
>> I'm not sure what you mean by "split inbound and outbound", but any
>> outbound MX host *should* be listed in DNS.
> Tell you what. Explain what an *OUTBOUND* MX is, and I'll see what I
> can do.
> The machine in question is *NOT* listed as an MX, because it is *NOT* a
> machine that should be accepting *inbound* mail for the domain. Its
> purpose in life is to send mail to off-campus sites.
It appears that what you're missing is that this one "flaw" is not enough
to get mail rejected by policyd-weight. Policyd-weight, much like SA,
works on cumulative scoring. One "bad" thing isn't going to get your mail
rejected. But, in general, spam, viruses, phishing scams, et. al. will
not only not be listed as an MX in DNS, they also won't reverse. They
also forge the domain. They also lie about the sender domain. They also
come from dialups or from known "spammy" servers. So, the *cumulative*
effect is that the mail gets rejected.

One "flaw" such as a missing MX record is not going to cause a problem.

Paul Schmehl (pauls (at) utdallas (dot) edu [email concealed])
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas

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