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Server Load getting high because of exim

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by fmughal, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. fmughal

    fmughal Member

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    I had a problem with a server its load was increasing like crazy, I ran fixeverything which took a very long time and after it fixed all quotas than the server load came down from 70 to 0.5 and than again from 0.5 to 75 . All this happened in just a 10 minute interval.
    Then I checked email queue which contained around 3500 emails in queue I deleted all messages, but nothing happened, I really don't know wat to do can please anyone help me :mad:
     
  2. haze

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    You could have anything from a spammer to an exploited server to an open relay, etc. Its really hard to say with the information you've provided. My advice, contact your server provider if they offer managed services, otherwise starting looking for a system admin that knows the ins and outs of the software and OS that you can trust. Alot of them are available for on call jobs. Just be prepared to shell out anywhere from 65 - $150 per hour ( remember, in most cases, you get what you pay for ).
     
  3. octeto

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    Try

    tail -f /var/log/exim_mainlog

    and

    netstat -na |grep :80 |sort

    check if there are some unusual activity or one IP is sending spam or has multiple connections open. You might block this IP using

    iptables -I INPUT -s IPnumber -j DROP ***to block
    iptables -D INPUT -s IPnumber -j DROP ***to deblock
     
  4. AndyReed

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    You definitely need to secure your server and stop mail flooding ASAP. If you need more help, let us know.
     
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