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Re: blocking dialups

  • From: torben fjerdingstad < >
  • Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 11:46:56 +0200
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On Tue, Oct 13, 1998 at 09:44:42AM +0100, Clive D.W. Feather wrote:
> torben fjerdingstad said:
> > First, I think the ISP's should filter their dialups so they have
> > to relay through the local mail relay.
> Not this old chestnut again ?

Oh - old topic. I did not know that.

> If you bring this up on SPAMTOOLS-L, you will discover that there is a very
> diverse range of opinion on the topic. There are *lots* of legitimate uses
> for direct unrelayed mail.

Can you mention just one reason for not relay through the ISP's
mail server (except for sending spam)?

> > Until then, I would like to block all dialup/ppp ip's.
> > They are easy to find.
> Oh yes ?

Just look at the messages from mailer-daemon to find some dialup
spammers and do reverse lookups for the classe C network they
came from. I found a nice program for that at
Sample output: => => =>

The hostnames usually clearly indicate if they are dialups.
Try to ping a few of them for verification. Or telnet
to the smtp port if really in doubt.

In your case I am in doubt because there are so few of them,
and I have not received any spam from them.

My problem remains to find out when a net used for dialups
is transferred to some other purpose.

Med venlig hilsen / Regards 
Netdriftgruppen / Network Management Group

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