Domain level blocking of users

Domain level blocking of users

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Below mentioned are the steps to "REJECT" an external email address from sending mail to the users of the Zimbra Domain.

See also

The same results can also be achieved using Amavis via blacklisting.

Set smtpd_sender_restrictions as appropriate for the version of ZCS


zmlocalconfig -e postfix_smtpd_sender_restrictions="check_sender_access hash:/opt/zimbra/postfix/conf/postfix_reject_sender"

ZCS 8.0

Add "check_sender_access hash:/opt/zimbra/postfix/conf/postfix_reject_sender" as the first line of /opt/zimbra/conf/zmconfigd/

ZCS 8.5 and 8.6

Create the postmap database as defined below Modify /opt/zimbra/conf/zmconfigd/, by adding this as the second line of the file:

%%contains VAR:zimbraMtaSmtpdSenderRestrictions check_sender_access lmdb:/opt/zimbra/postfix/conf/postfix_reject_sender%%

Then execute:

zmprov ms <zmhostname> +zimbraMtaSmtpdSenderRestrictions "check_sender_access lmdb:/opt/zimbra/postfix/conf/postfix_reject_sender"
  • Create file /opt/zimbra/postfix/conf/postfix_reject_sender with the list of email addresses and domains to be rejected in the below format: REJECT REJECT
  • postmap it and restart postfix
 /opt/zimbra/postfix/sbin/postmap /opt/zimbra/postfix/conf/postfix_reject_sender
 zmmtactl stop && zmmtactl start

ZCS 8.7 and later

  • Create file /opt/zimbra/postfix/conf/postfix_reject_sender with the list of email addresses and domains to be rejected in the below format: REJECT REJECT
  • postmap it
 /opt/zimbra/postfix/sbin/postmap /opt/zimbra/postfix/conf/postfix_reject_sender


Check the Postfix configuration with postconf | grep smtpd_sender_restrictions

You'll be able to see the changes show up in /opt/zimbra/log/zmconfigd.log .

Reject messages will be logged in /var/log/zimbra.log ; format looks like this:

[date / hostname] postfix/smtpd[####] NOQUEUE: reject: RCPT from [remote mta]: 554 5.7.1 <senders-email@DOMAIN>:
Sender address rejected: Access denied: from=<senders-email@DOMAIN> to=<local-zimbra-user@domain> proto=ESMTP helo=<remote mta>

The sender will receive a returned email declaring the rejection.

Verified Against: ZCS8.7,ZCS 8.5, ZCS 8.0, ZCS 7.0 Date Created: 03/21/2013
Article ID: Date Modified: 06/15/2016

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