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policyd-weight

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NAME

policyd-weight - weighted SMTP policy daemon

 

STATUS

Beta, Documentation incomplete

 

SYNOPSIS



policyd-weight [-option] [-option2 <arg>] command

 

DESCRIPTION

policyd-weight(8) is a SMTP policy daemon written in perl(1) for postfix(1). It evaluates based on RBL/RHSBL results, HELO and MAIL FROM domain and subdomain arguments and the client IP address the possibility of forgery or SPAM. It is designed to be called before the SMTP DATA command at the RCPT TO stage. This way it is a) possible to reject a mail attempt before the body has been received and b) to keep multirecipient mail intact, i.e. provide the functionality of selective usage based on recipients.

To make policyd-weight(8) work with postfix(1), it is required to add a system account for $USER (default: polw)

Policyd-weight can operate in master.cf or daemon mode. In master.cf mode it uses postfix' spawn(8), which results in number of simultanous requests perl instances. In daemon mode it uses shared memory and forks on load, and only if all childs are busy.

At the time of writing the man-pages for policyd-weight assume a postfix installation. It has been reported that policyd-weight works with other MTAs like Exim, too.

 

SETUP

 

master.cf mode:

master.cf:
policy unix - n n - - spawn user=polw
   argv=/usr/bin/perl /usr/local/bin/policyd-weight
main.cf:
smtpd_recipient_restrictions =
   permit_mynetworks,
   ... authenticated permits ...
   reject_unauth_destination,
   ... whitelists, role accounts, clients ...
   check_policy_service unix:private/policy

 

daemon mode:

start the daemon with policyd-weight start. Poliyd-weight then listens on $TCP_PORT (default: 12525) for policy requests. To make postfix talk to that port do following changes to main.cf:
main.cf:
smtpd_recipient_restrictions =
   permit_mynetworks,
   ... authenticated permits ...
   reject_unauth_destination,
   ... whitelists, role accounts, clients ...
   check_policy_service inet:127.0.0.1:12525

It is possible to have more than one postfix server talk to the daemonized policyd-weight by configuring each postfix machine to query the policy server with check_policy_service inet:IP:12525 where IP is the host on which policyd-weight runs.

Please note that check_policy_service should come at last, or at least after reject_unauth_destination, or else you may become an open relay.

 

COMMANDS

Following commands exist and are reserved for daemon mode only:
start start the policy server
stop stop the policy server
restart restart the policy server
reload tells the policy server to reload its configuration
defaults prints the default settings to STDOUT and exits

 

OPTIONS

-d operate in debug mode
Not for use in master.cf. In debug mode everything is reported on STDOUT instead of syslog(3). Also an own debug cache daemon will be spawned. The socket-file is named after the value of $SPATH with ".debug" as suffix.

-f /path/to/file
Pass a configuration file to policyd-weight

-h show help

-k kill cache daemon
Not for use in master.cf. Together with -d this kills the debug cache daemon. Without -d it kills the global running cache daemon.

-s show cache entries
Not for use in master.cf.

-v show version

 

LOGGING

Logging is done via syslog(3) with facility "mail" and priority "info". For a complete list of log entries and their correspondending configuration parameters refer to policyd-weight.conf(5).  

BUGS

Please report bugs to r.felber@ek-muc.de

 

HISTORY

March 2005
Ralf Hildebrandt (Author of the Book of Postfix) is the spiritual father of policyd-weight. It was his idea to have a scored RBL evaluation, I've added the weighted MAIL FROM/HELO DNS-evaluation. For that purpose I used Meng Wong's spf.pl which was shipped with the postfix source as example.

 

FILES

/etc/policyd-weight.conf, Policyd-weight configuration file
/etc/postfix/main.cf, Postfix configuration parameters
/etc/postfix/master.cf, Postfix daemon processes

 

SEE ALSO

policyd-weight.conf(5), Policyd-weight configuration file
master(5), Postfix master.cf file syntax
postconf(5), Postfix main.cf file syntax
access(5), Postfix SMTP access control table

 

LICENSE

GNU General Public License 
 

AUTHOR

Robert Felber <r.felber@ek-muc.de>
Autohaus Erich Kuttendreier
81827 Munich, Germany


 

Index

NAME
STATUS
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
SETUP
master.cf mode:
daemon mode:
COMMANDS
OPTIONS
LOGGING
BUGS
HISTORY
FILES
SEE ALSO
LICENSE
AUTHOR

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