[Mimedefang] SMTP AUTH password can be used in Mimedefang?

Steffen Kaiser skmimedefang at smail.inf.fh-bonn-rhein-sieg.de
Mon Nov 24 02:43:31 EST 2008

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On Mon, 24 Nov 2008, sosogh wrote:

>> PS: why would u want the password anyway ?
> I want to set a transparent Anti-spam proxy server (using postfix and mimedefang) for the backend mail server
> The backend mail server holds three service:SMTP service(serve for outband mails),MX service(serve for inband mails),POP3 service
> It is useless to change the MX record ,pointing to Anti-spam proxy server.Because spammer will send spams to the backend mail server directly,not by the MX record. And also I cannot change the IP of backend mail server.And I donot want to deploy these three service in separate server

I do not completely understand what you are trying to do.

> And if the backend mail server use some "available" databases ,such as 
> MYSQL,LDAP.I can set postfix to verify vaild recipient users and vaild 
> SMTP AUTH user and password by using those "vailable" databases.But in 
> some cases,the backend mail server will use its "own embedded database" 
> or other databases that is not supported by postfix

You intermix postfix and sendmail, but I do not grasp, why.

1) Is it not sufficient to change MX?

I don't know. You could configure the backend server to accept mail from 
the mail only proxy, that way anybody not honoring your MX records is 

2) password

If you have a way to authentificate users, why put another complexity into 
all this? How do you authentificate your users, with sendmail or postfix?

If you use the _same_ (or a copy often duplicated) on the mail proxy und 
use the same basic mail system on the proxy, you need not the 
authentification directly, but can trust the SMTP server for doing it.


We use LDAP instances on both "backend" and "proxy" mail servers, that 
synchronize with a central LDAP. So both has the same user database and 
both use the same sendmail-techniques to valid users.


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Steffen Kaiser
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