The Book of Postfix: State-of-the-Art Message Transport

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Best practices for Postfix—the popular alternative to Sendmail.Developed with security and speed in mind, Postfix has become a popular alternative to Sendmail and comes preinstalled in many Linux distributions as the default mailer. The Book of Postfix is a complete guide to Postfix whether used at home, as a mailrelay or virus-scanning gateway, or as a company mailserver. Practical examples show how to deal with daily challenges like protecting mail users from spam and viruses, managing multiple domains, and ...

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Overview

Best practices for Postfix—the popular alternative to Sendmail.Developed with security and speed in mind, Postfix has become a popular alternative to Sendmail and comes preinstalled in many Linux distributions as the default mailer. The Book of Postfix is a complete guide to Postfix whether used at home, as a mailrelay or virus-scanning gateway, or as a company mailserver. Practical examples show how to deal with daily challenges like protecting mail users from spam and viruses, managing multiple domains, and offering roaming access.

The Book of Postfix explains in detail how to set up Postfix (a UNIX email server) for three uses: home office use, as a mail relay/virus wall, or as a company mail server. Practical and comprehensive, the book shows the reader how to deal with everyday challenges like protecting mail users from spam and viruses, providing multiple domains, and roaming access.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593270018
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

RALF HILDEBRANDT and PATRICK KOETTER are well-known figures in the Postfix community. Hildebrandt is a Systems Engineer for T-Data, a German Telecommunications company. Koetter is an Information Architect at the University of Munich.

Koetter is information architect at the University of Munich.

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Table of Contents

1 An introduction to Postfix 1
2 Preparing your host and environment 7
3 Mail server for a single domain 17
4 Dial-up mail server for a single domain 29
5 Anatomy of Postfix 35
6 A postmaster's primer to email 55
7 How message transfer restrictions work 69
8 Using message transfer restrictions 81
9 How built-in content filters work 111
10 Using built-in content filters 117
11 How external content filters work 129
12 Using external content filters 141
13 Mail gateways 169
14 A mail server for multiple domains 189
15 Understanding SMTP authentication 217
16 SMTP authentication 247
17 Understanding transport layer security 267
18 Using transport layer security 279
19 A company mail server 313
20 Running Postfix in a chroot environment 369
21 Remote client concurrency and request rate limiting 379
22 Performance tuning 387
App. A Installing Postfix 407
App. B Troubleshooting Postfix 419
App. C CIDR and SMTP standards reference 435
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    easier to configure than sendmail

    Venema's offering of Postfix has emerged as a serious competitor to sendmail. The book describes Postfix's many capabilities and how you can alter these. Simpler than sendmail's notoriously convoluted configuration files. Here, Postfix probably has an advantage, to a sysadmin who is worried about the maintenance issues of using either package. A lot of space in the book discusses Postfix's antispam features. Impressive. These seem to have been built up considerably in this version, compared to earlier iterations. Probably reflects spam's continuing (worsening?) presence. There is the means to verify the sender, which the book claims is Postfix's best antispam method. However, it seems to fail against a computer or user account that has been subverted by a virus, to issue spam under the user's address, which would be still valid. Nor is there a discussion of what has emerged as the best way to use a blacklist of spammer domains. Namely against links in the body of a message. In the latest sendmail, there is an implementation of this. But in this book, as far as I can tell, while Postfix can apply tests against a message body, those are described as content tests. Though this does not necessarily preclude the blacklist test against the links, it should give explicit mention. Because, otherwise, content tests are usually tests of 'bad words' or Bayesians or the like.

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