unidentified bounced emails hundreds of them from no where in imail 7.07 que

Posted on 2004-09-28
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
we are running imail 7.07 and since 4-5  the smtp service crashes oftern, there are hundreds of bounced emails from different emails and ip in the que. i have disabled list server and we use norton av corp.  the messages are not the same, and more likely not from single source.. we dont relay emails until authorised ,so how come so many emails come in que ?
Question by:dotsandcoms
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Expert Comment

ID: 12184018
Which que is it? Incoming mails from your domain? Or mails bounced from other domains?

Could you pls post some sample message headers? You should strip sensitive data.

Author Comment

ID: 12206286
Here is one of the typical messages, If that helps.


Date:     Fri, 24 Sep 2004 21:25:24 -0700
Message-Id: <>
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
From:     "Postmaster" <>
Sender:   <>
To:       <>
Subject:  Undeliverable Mail
X-Mailer: <SMTP32 v20020515>

User mailbox exceeds allowed size:

Original message follows.

Received: from [] by
  (SMTPD32-7.07) id A32639E0140; Fri, 24 Sep 2004 21:25:10 -0700
X-Message-Info: 5D13LDijd4zdJNkPO83EBZ77jPtbXNO2
Received: from ([]) by with Microsoft SMTPSVC(5.0.1950.3443);
       Mon, 27 Sep 2004 03:30:54 -0100
Message-ID: <>
X-Originating-IP: []
X-Originating-Email: []
Reply-To: "Wilmer Henley" <>
From: "Wilmer Henley" <>
To: "Bt" <>
Subject: Do NOT be FOOLED by "COUNTERFEIT" pills on OTHER SITES !! piroshki 5 shadows
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 03:25:54 -0100
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;

Content-Type: text/plain;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable


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Get Hydrocodone, or Soma.!
2 of the best pain killers out!
please LQQk(

nope, not for me:

bradbury tokyo rainfall curvilinear scary amorous trim embargo papery cice=
ro bradford annuity archbishop fibration buxom descartes guenther abut wor=
kman buckshot aida poncho quahog marketwise roberta abovementioned=20.


Author Comment

ID: 12206306
OKAY ....  This one is better....  

Received: from [] by
  (SMTPD32-7.07) id A85060F005A; Fri, 01 Oct 2004 23:18:56 -0700
X-Message-Info: OHRJ+pk58+q+WDB+596/31323847273
Received: (qmail 55580 invoked by uid 0); Sat, 02 Oct 2004 10:21:07 +0300
Date: Sat, 02 Oct 2004 04:29:07 -0300
Received: from ([]) by with Microsoft SMTPSVC(5.0.6920.5987);
       Sat, 02 Oct 2004 06:27:07 -0100
Received: from ([]) by with MailEnable ESMTP; Sat, 02 Oct 2004 04:20:07 -0300
Message-Id: <>
From: New Photo-blocker <>
To: Hmtrade <>
Subject: no more tickets!
MIME-Version: 1.0 (produced by antennaebeater 4.2)
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;

Content-Type: text/html;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
Content-Description: compagnie buttercup danish

 <a href=3D""><img sr=
c=3D"" border=3D"0">
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t color=3D"#FF00FF"></font><strong><br>
  <a href=3D"">
  Cl<!--%RANDOM_WORD-->ick Here For Information</a></strong><br></p>

  </font> <br><br><br>
 <p><font color=3D"#000000" size=3D"2" face=3D"arial, helvetica, sans-seri=
 <a href=3D"">here</a> if you would not like=
 to receive future mai<!--%RANDOM_WORD-->lings.</font></p>


Accepted Solution

naha earned 250 total points
ID: 12345502
This is SPAM.

It is probably using a faked "From" address that points to you.

How can you be sure you weren't "responsible" for the spam?: Every email sent over the internet contains information called header data. Some of that header data can be forged, some of it cannot. Spammers typically forge a large percentage of their header data. If you can,  I encourage you to examine the full headers. Most email clients (Software) have a 'show full headers' feature/capability. Examine the IP addresses in the header, you will likely find that much of the data is forged, and you will also find that the header data does not point back to your mail server(s).

If you are unsure how to read/interpret the header data try looking at

Doing this will enable you to check that you are not being used as a "relay".
Either way I would report it to your ISP - If you are being used as a "relay" they may be able to advise you on what to do & if (as is more likely) the From address is being faked at least you can reassure them that it's not you sending the spam.

It can be almost impossible to stop this sort of activity, but it's worth a go.

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Assisted Solution

rid earned 250 total points
ID: 12346082
The first one seems like a non-delivery report, coming from your server. I advise you to check settings for non-delivery reports and disable them entirely. If you are trying to send NDRs for incoming SPAM, you'll have the machine occupied 200%, and none of these reports ever reaches the sender anyway. The only proper action for an incoming undeliverable is to deny it, otherwise you'll fill up your queue with undeliverable non-delivery reports...

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