sendmail 8.12 problem

Posted on 2003-03-28
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Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Hi All,

I found a problem after using sendmail 8.12.x to send outgoing mail, when the peer server's hostname is localhost.localdomain, then it will turn out local configuration error.

1.assume the mail server for somehost.com is mail.somehost.com

2.when sendmail to a host which hostname is localhost.localdomain (use telnet in order to show hostname)
#telnet mail.somehost.com 25
220 localhost.localdomain ESMTP Sendmail 8.12.5/8.12.5; Fri, 28 Mar 2003 16:40:2
5 +0800

3.then error in log
Mar 24 09:21:06 myhost sendmail[3429]: h2O1L6Fv003427: SYSERR(root): mail.somehost.com. config error: mail loops back to me (MX problem?)
Mar 24 09:21:06 myhost sendmail[3429]: h2O1L6Fv003427: to=<tony@somehost.com>, delay=00:00:00, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=esmtp, pri=30357, relay=mail.somehost.com. [202.1xx.1xx.1xx], dsn=5.3.5, stat=Local configuration error
Mar 24 09:21:06 myhost sendmail[3429]: h2O1L6Fv003427: h2O1L6Fv003429: DSN: Local configuration error

P.S. if the peer host has a resolvable hostname, then problem can be fixed, also it won't happen prior to 8.11.x or earlier.
Question by:nitestar
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(An Aside: be certain you've upgraded sendmail to 8.12.8 - see the CERT advisory at http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-2003-07.html for details).

Did you check to make certain that there is an MX record for mail.somehost.com ?  I don't believe that it should really be reporting back as localhost.localdomain - perhaps there is a DNS problem?

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Surely the mx of somehost.com is pointing to mail.somehost.com, for the same address, if using sendmail 8.11.x or earlier host, that the mail can be sent without problem. Thanks!
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You should be able to send email to mail.somehost.com IF there is an 'A' record for mail.somehost.com, and mail.somehost.com is configured with a mailserver that can receive the email.

The comment about upgrading was an 'aside', meaning, it has little to do with the problem at hand, but it's important nonetheless.
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Here's something that I recently was sent about someone else who was having difficulty delivering local mail from 8.12.5 - it very well might be the same bug that you are seeing:

> The /var/log/maillog says
> mailer=relay, pri=31888, relay=localhost.com.,
> dsn=4.0.0, stat=Deferred: localhost.com.: No route
> to host

> I don't know why it tries to use localhost.com to
> reply. Please help.

sendmail-8.12.5 has a bug in submit.cf
I upgraded to sendmail-8.12.8 and sendmail-cf-8.12.8 - All fixed.
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fwiw, it's now sendmail.8.12.9 :)  There apparently was a new CERT advisory listed today.

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I had the same problem with Sendmail 8.12.6

I fixed it by going into /etc/mail/submit.cf and changing the DS (smartrelay) line to read the same as my sendmail.cf

Bit of a hack, but it saved me upgrading what was a temporary private mail sender.

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No comment has been added lately, so it's time to clean up this TA.
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I do believe that the upgrade to SendMail fixes the problem as described - hard to say if the user took the advice.

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You may be right.  Ultimately, the original questioner (OQ) should respond to this and decide the outcome.
If the OQ doesn't tell us if the problem got solved, then it's difficult to award points.  
The PAQ/No Refund is what is advised by the cleanup rules for this situation.

So, come on, nitestar, what's the real answer?



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