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Relaying for External MX

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussion' started by paulkoan, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. paulkoan

    paulkoan Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2006
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    We have an account that have their primary MX set to an external server, and then a lower priority MX set to our server.

    The default email address for the account is set to :fail:

    The following happens:

    telnet 25
    250 Accepted

    The email address doesn't exist, but because we are not the primary it appears that the :fail: is not considered.

    So it looks like exim accepts the email, and then attempts to deliver it to the primary MX.

    The primary MX has a block for our IP (presumably because we have been allowing spam to relay to it) and so our server cannot forward the email. So it creates an undeliverable message to - again which needs to go to the primary MX which has us blocked.

    This email then sits in the queue until it times out. There are hundreds of these and the email queue reaches 2000 and alerts.

    Is this behaviour right? Is there something we can do to stop this?
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