Section I - General Info
As a long time fan of Postfix, I use Postfix's header_check feature to discard messages (or redirect) I don't want coming off the wire. In my opinion, using Postfix to discard unwanted messages is a good way to keep spam messages away. However, using header_checks must be used with care. The purpose of this wiki is to guide you to add your own header_checks file for the Zimbra-MTA system.
Section II - Prepare ZCS Machines
First, look at the postfix_header_checks in Zimbra's localconfig.
zmlocalconfig | grep header_checks Most likely you will see the following: postfix_header_checks = pcre:/opt/zimbra/conf/postfix_header_checks
Now, lets create our own header_checks file. Note: For this wiki, I am going to create a "custom_header_checks" file, but you can create your own file.
touch /opt/zimbra/conf/custom_header_checks zmlocalconfig -e postfix_header_checks="pcre:/opt/zimbra/conf/postfix_header_checks, pcre:/opt/zimbra/conf/custom_header_checks" zmmtactl restart zmlocalconfig | grep postfix_header_checks You should see: postfix_header_checks = pcre:/opt/zimbra/conf/postfix_header_checks, pcre:/opt/zimbra/conf/custom_header_checks
Don't forget to use postconf to make sure the changes are picked up.
postconf | grep header_checks
Section III - Editing your custom header checks file
Editing your /opt/zimbra/conf/custom_header_checks is fairly straight forward, just use your favorite editor, i.e vi, nano, emacs.
No need to run postmap against the /opt/zimbra/conf/custom_header_checks
Section IV - Header checks syntax by example
In the interest of brevity and simplicity, I am only going provide a few examples. Honestly, I've only scratched the surface of this feature.
/^Subject:(.*)From U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria/ DISCARD #spam rule no msgs from Nigeria /^Subject:(.*)\?KOI8-R\?/ DISCARD #spam rule Russian encoding not allowed by this server /^From:(.*)Slice-O-Matic Reviews/ DISCARD #spam rule No slice o-matics /^From:(.*)Your Free iPad/ DISCARD #spam rule No thank you /^From:(.*)firstname.lastname@example.org/ DISCARD #spam Known spammer address /^From:(.*)Tarot Reading/ DISCARD #spam rule No Tarot reading /^From:(.*)email@example.com/ REDIRECT firstname.lastname@example.org #spam rule redirect all messages from this address
Section V - FAQ's
Question: I want to implement header_checks of my own, will Zimbra Support officially support custom header_checks?
Answer: No. However, you are free to add your own header_checks.
Question: I noticed Zimbra uses /opt/zimbra/conf/postfix_header_checks.in, can I edit this file?
Answer: I would suggest if you are wanting to use your own header_checks, keep your header_checks files separate; header_checks for Zimbra, and your own custom header_checks file.
Question: I noticed you are using "DISCARD" in your examples, why are you not using "REJECT"?
Answer: Because using "DISCARD" means the MTA will delete the message; which is what I want given the regexp syntax. The "REJECT" notation will let senders know that their message was rejected, and the MTA refused to deliver their message.
Question: I've added a header_check rule, but it's not working, what do I do?
Answer: Postfix does a good job notating why a specific header_check rule didn't work. Check the /var/log/zimbra.log file.
grep warning /var/log/zimbra.log
Question: I noticed in your examples you are using #spam rule, why?
Answer: Easy grepping of the /var/log/zimbra.log file.
grep "spam rule" /var/log/zimbra.log
Question: Are there any examples on the Internet?
Answer: Yes. Just search for "header_checks by example"