Jeff Woods ( )
Mon, 24 Mar 1997 11:58:51 -0500

At 06:57 PM 3/23/97 -0600, you wrote:

>I've been following this spammer thread with some interest.
>Here's an idea:

And an EXCELLENT idea at that. Thanks very much, Daryl. I do indeed
have a spare machine and the time to set that up. It just might work.

>Set up a machine as a mail forwarder (only), and point MX to it. Use
>only a hosts file for name resolution (disable DNS) so that the only
>machine the forwarder can look up by name is the "real" mail server.
>Make sure the hosts file includes an entry for the domain itself that
>points to the real mail server. Any SMTP for your system goes through
>through the forwarder to the real mail host, and any mail hitting that
>"inbound" mail server for other mail servers dies as undeliverable.
>Then block tcp:25 in to your "real" mail server. It's kludgy but it may
>work for some of you with a spare machine and a few hours of time.
>It does nothing to actually fix the core problem, i.e. buggy software
>and poor support, but I'm offering this suggestion for those of you
>pushed against the wall by this.