Re: SMTP Attacks?

From: Barry Dorrans (barryd_at_IDUNNO.ORG)
Date: 04/12/05

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    > Has anyone seen this showing up in there SMTP server logs?
    >

    > Apr 2005 04:55:55 -0500
    > Fri 2005-04-01 04:55:55: <-- POST / HTTP/1.0
    > Fri 2005-04-01 04:55:55: --> 500 What? I don't understand that.
    > Fri 2005-04-01 04:55:55: <-- Host: combine.com:25
    > Fri 2005-04-01 04:55:55: --> 500 What? I don't understand that.
    > Fri 2005-04-01 04:55:55: <-- Content-Length: 3384
    > Fri 2005-04-01 04:55:55: --> 500 What? I don't understand that.
    > Fri 2005-04-01 04:55:55: <-- Content-Type: text/plain
    > Fri 2005-04-01 04:55:55: Too many errors encountered
    > Fri 2005-04-01 04:55:55: SMTP session terminated (Bytes in/out:
    > 3473/178)

    That's not an "attack", but a scan for an open http proxy running on your
    SMTP port.

    You could try contacting abuse@ the ISPs owning the IP scanning or just
    put it down to the typical background noise on the internet these days and
    quite happily ignore it. I run the same mail server as you do, and over
    the last 2.5 years I've not had any adverse effects from a proxy scanner
    hitting it.

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