Re: Discovering users by RCPT TO
From: dmz (dmz_at_dmzs.com)
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 08:57:12 -0800
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I see spammers hitting my MTA daily with dictionary RCTP TO queries
and there isn't much you can really do against it; however I have been
thinking about a solution using real time blockers.
The idea is to monitor the logfile of the MTA, looking for a host
getting more than "X" failed destination addresses (I think 2 or 3 is
a nice entry threshold). Then when they reach the threshold their IP
gets put into a local DNS server that is used by the MTA to as a real
This wouldn't' require more than another RBL addition to the MTA and
then an external script tied to either bind or djbdns.
Vince Hoang wrote:
|On Thu, Jan 13, 2005 at 02:20:12PM -0500, Chris Buechler wrote:
|>I'd recommend disabling it unless you get flooded by such spam
|>attacks. I would probably consider it unnecessary information
|>disclosure, depending on the environment and reason (if any)
|>for doing it that way.
|Some MTAs allow permit you to drop the session after a certain
|number of failures, but that only slows down the dictionary
|You cannot disable RCPT TO because that is how the SMTP protocol
|designates the recipients.
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