Postfix and Spamassassin: How to filter spam Using spamassassin as a standalone daemon

Setting up spamassassin

so you installed spamassassin from debian repository, on default settings, spamassassin runs as root user and is not started. To avoid that, we are going to create a specific user and group for spamassassin. As root user, run the following commands:

#groupadd -g 5001 spamd
#useradd -u 5001 -g spamd -s /sbin/nologin -d /var/lib/spamassassin spamd
#mkdir /var/lib/spamassassin
#chown spamd:spamd /var/lib/spamassassin

Now, we need to change some settings in/etc/default/spamassassin and make sure you get the following values:

OPTIONS="--create-prefs --max-children 5 --username spamd --helper-home-dir ${SAHOME} -s ${SAHOME}spamd.log"

What happen here, is that we are going to run spamd daemon as user spamd and make it use its own home dir (/var/lib/spamassassin/) and is going to output its logs in/var/lib/spamassassin/spamd.log

Configuring spamassassin

Now, we need to give spamassassin some rules. The default settings are quite fine, but you might tweak them up a bit. So let’s edit /etc/spamassassin/ and make it looks like that:

rewrite_header Subject [***** SPAM _SCORE_ *****]
required_score           5.0(Default 5.0)
#to be able to use _SCORE_ we need report_safe set to 0
#If this option is set to 0, incoming spam is only modified by adding some "X-Spam-" headers and no changes will be made to the body.
report_safe     0

# Enable the Bayes system
use_bayes               1
use_bayes_rules         1
# Enable Bayes auto-learning
bayes_auto_learn        1

# Enable or disable network checks
skip_rbl_checks         0
use_razor2              0
use_dcc                 0
use_pyzor               0

Here, we set spamassassin’ spamd default settings to rewrite email subject to [***** SPAM _SCORE_ *****], where _SCORE_ is the score attributed to the email by spamassassin after running different tests, only if the actual score is greater or equal to 2.0. So email with a score lower than 2 won’t be modified.

To be able to use the _SCORE_ in the rewrite_header directive, we need to set report_safe to 0.

In the next section, we tell spamassassin to use bayes classifierand to improve itself by auto-learning from the messages it will analyze.

In the last section, we disable collaborative network such as pyzor, razor2 and dcc. Those collaborative network keep an up-to-date catalogue of know mail checksum to be recognized as spam. Those might be interesting to use, but I’m not going to use them here as I found it took long enough to spamassassin to deal with spams only using it rules.

Now, start spamd with the following command line:

#/etc/init.d/spamassassin start

We are almost done, we still need to configure postfix in such a way that it will pass all mails delivered to local mailboxes to spamassassin.

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3. Make Postfix call Spamassassin

Now, we need to tell postfix to use spamassassin. In our case,spamassassin will be invoked only once postfix has finished with the email.

To tell postfix to use spamassassin, we are going to edit/etc/postfix/ and change the line:

smtp      inet  n       -       -       -       -       smtpd


smtp      inet  n       -       -       -       -       smtpd
        -o content_filter=spamassassin

and then, at the end of, let’s add:

spamassassin unix -     n       n       -       -       pipe
        user=spamd argv=/usr/bin/spamc -f -e    
        /usr/sbin/sendmail -oi -f ${sender} ${recipient}

and here we go, our spam filter is setted up, we need to reload postfix settings and everything should be ready.

#/etc/init.d/postfix reload

Published in: on February 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm  Comments Off on Postfix and Spamassassin: How to filter spam Using spamassassin as a standalone daemon  
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