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(linux_command_line)-> postfix configuration , rbl blocking submited by Russell Fri 04 Mar 05
Edited Fri 22 May 09
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Setting up Postfix on a new computer. I was getting :
telnet myhostname 25
Trying myhostname...
telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection refused
Postfix was refusing the connection. The trick here is that the default config (Redhat Fedora Core 3) only allows connection from the localhost.

the solution is to edit /etc/postfix/main.cf to change the section under # RECEIVING MAIL to:
inet_interfaces = all
#inet_interfaces = $myhostname
#inet_interfaces = $myhostname, localhost
#inet_interfaces = localhost
This does not create an open relay, because Postfix will still only accept non-local recipent mail from machines defigned by mynetworks.

This should answer postfix only lets me connect from localhost
May 2009
I just implemented RBL blocking on my post fix configuration. What I used was a less draconian version of the sample listed Here. This is what I set it to:
smtpd_recipient_restrictions =
    permit_mynetworks,
    reject_unauth_destination,
    reject_invalid_hostname,
    reject_unauth_pipelining,
    reject_non_fqdn_sender,
    reject_unknown_sender_domain,
    reject_non_fqdn_recipient,
    reject_unknown_recipient_domain,
    reject_rbl_client bl.spamcop.net,
    reject_rbl_client sbl.spamhaus.org,
    permit 
added to the end of /etc/postfix/main.cf. Now my mailer is rejecting about half of the mail that is attempted (a sample from a typical day's logs):
    17943   Accepted                                  48.41%
    19120   Rejected                                  51.59%
 --------   ------------------------------------------------
    37063   Total                                    100.00%
 ========   ================================================
 
       35   Reject relay denied                        0.18%
       70   Reject HELO/EHLO                           0.37%
    19015   Reject RBL                                99.45%
 --------   ------------------------------------------------
    19120   Total Rejects                            100.00%
 ========   ================================================
The problem is that of the about 20 thousand messages a day that get through, about 19,950 are still spam. (this is what happens when you have a bunch of domain names with public contact addresses )


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