Postgrey HOWTO for Centos and Debian based Linux – Postfix Greylisting

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Greylisting is a great invention to minimize a huge pile of spam. Any SMTP server thats incorrectly configured or mail sent from infected desktop machines just tries the first time, gets bounced, and never tries again.

Legitimate email comes through fine, however the downside is it can take a few minutes more than the usual. Considering how much Spam greylisting prevents its worth it for a lot of people.

The quick and dirty of the install is.

For debian based distros (Ubuntu etc included)

apt-get install postgrey

For Redhat/Centos based distros you will need to add the DAG/rpmforge repos into your lists and then

yum install postgrey

Next you need to enable it to listen on a port. In debian edit the file /etc/defaults/postgrey and add-in/edit the line

POSTGREY_OPTS="--inet= --delay=60"

For Redhat based releases you need to CREATE /etc/sysconfig/postgrey and add in the following line

OPTIONS="--inet= --delay=60"

Now restart the postgrey daemon with

/etc/init.d/postgrey restart

If you do a netstat you can see its now listening on localhost port 60000 (unless you buggered something up of course)

Now you need to edit the /etc/postfix/
search for the line that has smtpd_recipient_restrictions and add to it

check_policy_service inet:

And average config will look something like this

smtpd_recipient_restrictions =
check_policy_service inet:

Now reload the postfix with /etc/init.d/postfix reload
Now all you need to do is check the logs with tail -f /var/log/maillog and hope you got it all going right.

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One Response to “Postgrey HOWTO for Centos and Debian based Linux – Postfix Greylisting”

  1. Hi there,

    very quick and good Howto! – Thx a lot!

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