Bug 219763 - Sendmail's rate throttling module does not work
Summary: Sendmail's rate throttling module does not work
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 219762
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Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: sendmail (Show other bugs)
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Version: 4.4
Hardware: All Linux
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Assignee: Thomas Woerner
QA Contact: David Lawrence
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Reported: 2006-12-15 08:35 UTC by David Herselman
Modified: 2007-11-17 01:14 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-03-08 13:38:18 UTC
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Description David Herselman 2006-12-15 08:35:50 UTC
Description of problem:
  We need to implement Sendmail's rate throttling module to automatically
  reject hosts which get infected by viruses or spambots. Sendmail does
  provide for this in the form of the 'ratecontrol' and 'conncontrol'
  modules but they are not working.

  Documentation on these modules is available in /usr/share/sendmail-cf/README

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
  1. Add lines to /etc/mail/sendmail.mc (after 'FEATURE(access_db):
    dnl # Limit machines sending viruses
    define(`confCONNECTION_RATE_WINDOW_SIZE', `600s')dnl
    FEATURE(`greet_pause', `2000')dnl
  2. Add lines to /etc/mail/access:
    GreetPause:     0
    ClientConn:     0
    ClientConn:10.0          5
    ClientConn:192.168       5
    ClientConn:              50
    ClientRate:     0
    ClientRate:10.0          10
    ClientRate:192.168       10
    ClientRate:              100
  3. Rebuild configuration files and restart sendmail:
    make -C/etc/mail
    m4 /etc/mail/sendmail.mc > /etc/mail/sendmail.cf
    service sendmail restart

Actual results:
  We've unfortunately just been blacklisted due to a user's machine being
  infected by a spambot which sent out over 16,000 messages over a two hour

Expected results:
  The configuration above should automatically limit clients when sending
  more than 10 emails within 600 seconds (10 minutes) when the connection
  originates from the or subnets.

Additional info:

Comment 1 David Herselman 2006-12-15 08:39:23 UTC
This is a duplicate of 219762

Comment 2 Thomas Woerner 2007-03-08 13:38:18 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 219762 ***

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