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From Henry | Security Division <>
Subject Re: Points for missing MX Records
Date Wed, 23 Feb 2011 11:59:58 GMT
 Hi Martin,

 i know what you mean. Your sender domain is There are two 
 MX records in your DNS Zone. So that´s fine. I just want Spamassassin to 
 flag mails from senders who have no MX Records. I have tested this 
 anti-spam mechanism in a big environment on a commercial mailgateway and 
 much spam is filtered just by this rule. It caused some false positives 
 in the beginning of course but I personally think that everybody who 
 sends mails should also have MX records to receive mails!

 What i mean is:

 domain -> no MX records return after DNS lookup -> 2 Points
 domain -> at least one MX record -> 0 Points
 domain -> at least one MX record -> 0 Points


 On Wed, 23 Feb 2011 11:36:51 +0000, Martin Gregorie wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-02-23 at 11:24 +0100, Henry | Security Division wrote:
>> Hi list,
>>  I have a question. Is it possible to check with a Spamassassin rule 
>> for
>>  existing MX records of a sender domain and give points if the MX 
>> records
>>  exist or not exist?
>>  I know that such a check is possible with Postfix, but I don´t want 
>> to
>>  reject mails right away. I just want to "flag" them with points.
> I'm not sure that it is a meaningful test because not all legit,
> non-spam domains have MX records.
> For example, my domain is hosted by securenet but there's absolutely
> nothing there apart from an HTML redirect, an e-mail redirect and an 
> record. My website is hosted by my ISP - a totally different domain -
> and as a result 'host' returns nothing but my website address from 
> 'host
>' and does not report an MX record for ''.
> Nevertheless, I receive all mail sent to '' including
> that sent to RFC recommended mailboxes such as postmaster, webmaster 
> and
> abuse.
> Martin

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