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New Server - Fresh NO SPAM Start

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by codegirl42, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. codegirl42

    codegirl42 Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,

    We've just started setting up our new server....and i was wondering what you all thought was the best way to ensure that our server does NOT become a spam server....

    Are there any good scripts/hacks that you would recommend to ensure that we do not become the spam server that we were before? By spam server, we mean that many spams were executed from our server.

    Thanks for advise!
     
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    Limit the emails a domain can send per hour
    Install mod_security
    Use rbl filters
    Install Chirpy's anti dictionnary attack
    Install Chirpy's CSF/LFD
    Compile apache with phpsuexec

    ... these are only a few suggestions... your best option could be : hire a sysadmin who will properly configure and harden your server ?

    Good luck :)
     
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    There really are a lot of things to do to a new server, and many threads here discussing it. It's a steep learning curve, but a good one. Check-out the sticky topics in pretty much any forum here, but particulareily here http://forums.cpanel.net/forumdisplay.php?f=4

    If you don't want to do it yourself, http://configserver.com/ has a complete service, in addition to some indespensible free add-ons, and really know what they are doing. Top-notch service and support.
     
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    As already said, get a good anti-spam setup. I am currently running this combination on all my servers and its very effective at the moment:

    Dictionary Attack ACL + MailScanner + Spamasassin + Spamhaus RBL

    It's definatley worth hiring someone if you are unsure. I have seen prices start at around £15 for a mail server hardening package.

    Chris.
     
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    For the record, codegirl is looking to stop spam from being SENT from their servers - not to stop it coming in...

    codegirl - also be sure to lock down the forms on your site. Pay attention to those "user has uploaded new mail sending script" emails from your daily upcp runs. Watch for those PHP nobody sending spammers. There are several sites around that help you track those - Steve Leggett's NobodyCheck can help alert you to potentially malicious mail scripts. Check it out here.
     
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    You're on the money. :) Thanks for that.
    I've installed the NobodyCheck and I'll just monitor it to make sure. :)
     
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    An RBL does just that mate, I can read. If the senders IP is Blacklisted the server will automatically reject the email rather than allowing it to be sent through her SMTP server.
     
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    This sucks... :(
    do you have any further documentation on them? How'd YOU set it up?
     
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