Posts Tagged ‘return path’

How to clean QMAIL mail server filled Queue with spam mail messages

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Sys Admins managing QMAIL mail servers know, often it happens QMAIL queue gets filled with unwanted unsolicated SPAM e-mails due to a buggy WEB PHP / Perl mail sendingform or some other odd reason, like too many bouncing messages ,,,,

For one more time I’ve experienced the huge SPAM destined mails queue on one QMAIL running on Debian GNU / Linux.

= … Hence I needed to clean up the qmail queue. For this there is a little tool written in PERL called qmhandle

A+) Download qmhandle;

Qmhandle’s official download site is in SourceForge

I’ve made also a mirror copy of QMHandle here

qmail-server:~# cd /usr/local/src
qmail-server:/usr/local/src# wget -q http://www.pc-freak.net/files/qmhandle-1.3.2.tar.gz

B=) STOP QMAIL
As it is written in the program documentation one has to be very careful when cleaning the mail queue. Be sure to stop qmail with qmailctl or whatever script is used to shutdown any mail sever in progress operations, otherwise there is big chance the queue to mess up badly .

C#) Check extended info about the mail queue:

qmail-server:/usr/local/src/qmhandle-1.3.2# ./qmhandle -l -c
102 (10, 10/102) Return-path: anonymous@qmail-hostname.com
From: QMAIL-HOSTNAME
To: as1riscl1.spun@gmail.com
Subject: =?UTF8?B?QWNjb3VudCBpbmZvcm1hdGlvbiBmb3IgU09DQ0VSRkFNRQ==?=
Date: 1 Sep 2011 21:02:16 -0000
Size: 581 bytes
,,,,
1136 (9, 9/1136)
Return-path: werwer@qmail-hostname.com.tw
From: martin.georgiev@qmail-hostname.com
To: costador4312@ukr.net
Subject: Link Exchange Proposal / Qmail-Hostname.com
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 07:58:52 +0100 (BST)
Size: 1764 bytes
,,,,....
1103 (22, 22/1103)
Return-path: anonymous@qmail-hostname.com
From: SOCCERFAME
To: alex.masdf.e.kler.1@gmail.com
Subject: =?UTF8?B?QWNjb3VudCBpbmZvcm1hdGlvbiBmb3IgU09DQ0VSRkFNRQ==?=
Date: 2 Sep 2011 00:36:11 -0000
Size: 578 bytes
,,,,,,
,,,,....
Total messages: 1500 Messages with local recipients: 0
Messages with remote recipients: 1500
Messages with bounces: 500
Messages in preprocess: 300

D-) Delete the Queue
qmail-server:/usr/local/src/qmhandle-1.3.2# ./qmHandle -D
......
......

Fina1ly launch the qmail to continue normal oper.

qmail-server:~# qmailctl start
,,,,,
..,,,

How to change Return Path variable in Qmail

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The Return Path variable on one of the qmail mail servers I manage was improperly set.
New newsletter mails initiated by the php scripts on the mail server had the improper return path set in the mail headers, like so:

Return-Path: <anonymous@mail.mymailserver.com>

Therefore many mail servers dropped messages as the set Return Path variable in the headers was incorrectly set to the domain mail.mymailserver.com

Thus to change the Return Path to the correct one that should have been mymailserver.com I had to include mymailserver.com in qmail’s control file /var/qmail/control/bouncehost, e.g.

root@qmail:~# echo 'mymailserver.com' > /var/qmail/control/bouncehost
root@qmail:~# echo 'mymailserver.com' > /var/qmail/control/doublebouncehost

By the way the return path in qmail is set by:

> qmail-inject and qmail-send

There seems to be also some way to ovewrite the default set return-path variable with some php variables but I have never tried this one.
Cheers 😉