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check_compat vs MIMEDefang

2011/09/27

We have a user that wishes to have messages sent from sender@host-xyzw.etp.eu.example.com discarded by our mailservers. The natural choice for such blocks seems to be FEATURE(compat_check). In fact we had a number of other users with similar requests that were serviced this way. The problem in this case was that the xyzw part of host-xyzw.etp.eu.example.com was not constant or predictable and finite. Naturally I thought that a local version of the check_compat ruleset would suffice, since $*.eu.etp.example.com matches all possible such hostnames. But it seems that according to the bat book this cannot be done while also using FEATURE(compat_check):

Note that although with V8.12 and later you can still write your own check_compat rule set, doing so has been made unnecessary by the FEATURE(compat_check) (§7.5.7 on page 288). But also note that, as of V8.12, you cannot both declare the FEATURE(compat_check) and use this check_compat rule set.

Since I did not wish to tamper with our sendmail.mc this time, MIMEDefang came to the rescue: filter_relay is called with arguments both the sender and the receiver and that took care of it. But again, had I chosen to write this using sendmail’s language, it might have looked ugly, but it would also have been a one-liner (ugly but elegant in its own way).

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One Response to “check_compat vs MIMEDefang”


  1. FEATURE(compat_check) checks after accepting the mail and can produce backscatter, so filter_relay which rejects early in the smtp conversation is definitely better.


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