Posted on 2006-07-06
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Last Modified: 2010-03-06
Hi all,

From time to time I am receiving emails which look like they were send from one of my users but I know that they didn’t send it.


-----Original Message-----
From: user1@mydomain.com
Sent: Thursday, 6 July 2006 10:33 a.m.
To: user1@mydomain.com
Cc: user2@mydomain.com; user3@mydomain.com
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im running windows 2003 SP1, and Exchange 2003 SP2.

I did a relay test on www.dnsreport.com and it says that i pass relay test and im not an open relay. i also did a telnet test for open relay with a positive result. so how come im getting those emails.

Any idea how can i track it and prevent my exchange?
Question by:aucklandnz
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Expert Comment

ID: 17055923
at least you got the tamed ones..

If you look at the internet headers located at

View > Options > Internet Headers

you will see the source; if you got the same ones a few of my users did a couple of weeks ago from external associates; they were actually sent by those stated addresses (unbeknownst to the users themselves);   Our SMTP logs showed that.  I think our anti-virus app (Antigen) on Exchange may have stripped the payload off as there were no reports of my users being the source of these messages to other recipients (internal or external)

Otherwise; you may want to insure that the email server's anti-virus product is up to date; you don't allow attachements that are executable; VBS, JS, or anything that could be launched when the user open a message.

Spam guardwise; anti-spam product that can block messages from questionable sites/blacklisted sites


Author Comment

ID: 17055941
i forgot to mantioned that i run a mailmarshal software aswell
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Accepted Solution

ECNSSMT earned 2000 total points
ID: 17062982
the mailmarshall app looks like its all encompassing so between maintaining the blacklist and whitelist; it appears to be context based also.

The war on spam is a constant and active process; it looks like the mailmarshal may be able to permit the manual addition of strings to look for;

add the phrase "Diploma that you already earned!" to be blocked; if you are able to do so, it will solve your problem.  

We use a product from Tumbleweed to do the exact same thing and we do periodically manually update the filtering engine with phrases to filter out.


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