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Using an Exim ACL to block sender

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussion' started by cwihost, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. cwihost

    cwihost Member

    Sep 9, 2001
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    As of recently a server of ours is being flooded with an additional 300000 + messages a day. The exim RBL acls are doing their job of checking the RBLs and preventing the messages from getting further. However I believe the overhead of the RBL checks is causing the servers load to be sky high (over 30) Shutting down exim load goes away. So the load I believe has to be caused by exim.

    Interesting thing is that these junk messages are all from RBL'ed IPs. The sender always changes however one thing that is consistent is the first 3 letters of the email address. For instance the messages always come from abc*@* where abc is always the same.

    Anyhow I was recommended to use the following ACL to filter out and reject messages from abc*@*

    deny senders = /etc/exim/sender_reject.list

    I put abc*@* in the sender_reject.list

    However all mail then was rejected.

    Does anyone else have any suggestions on this issue?
  2. sneader

    sneader Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2003
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    This is a good question... how can we use some type of wildcards in the sender_reject.list? Any ideas out there?

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