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is there anyway of isolating where a spam bot is coming from

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hi,

my exchange server is sending alot of spam and i want to find out if the spam is coming from a machine on my network?

i have locked down my router so mail can only be sent from the exchange server, so i suspect its a machine on the network

thanks
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by:Alan Hardisty
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i have tried that, and didnt find any events 1708 in my eventvwr
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Okay - that's good.

So you probably do have a machine on your network spewing it's spam via the Exchange server or if you have remote clients using RPC over HTTPS, one of those might be infected.

Who are the senders of the spam?
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by:jonathanduane2010
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thanks a million for getting back, even though i have turned off relay and locked down the firewall its coming from, i have also setup sender filtering and blocked the below address

@yahoo.com.tw and postmaster@mydomain.com even though i cant find a postmaster account
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Postmaster would suggest you are not Recipient Filtering.

Do you have external users sending mail via SMTP to your server?
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i definitely have recipient filtering enabled, no smtp can only send from my exchage server?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Okay - with Recipient Filtering Enabled - what are the Postmaster Messages going out?  Are they NDR messages?  Do you receive your mail via a 3rd party spam filtering service first?

With the SMTP not being received from users - please disable the Basic & Integrated Windows Authentication from your SMTP Virtual Server and then restart the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol Service.

That should reduce the possibilities of an external entity sending you spam via an authenticated relay.

Please also download aqadmcli and zap the queues of spam and then monitor:

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/267
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by:jonathanduane2010
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also i have noticed the queue keep buildin even though the last message that tried to get trough was 9.50 am this morning nearly 4 hours ago
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How do you know the last message that tried to get through was at 09:50 hrs?
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i checked the queues and sorted it by time
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Okay - so assuming you last saw the messages coming in at 09:50 - you won't necessarily see any event log errors if the spammer has stopped spamming you.  But - if they come back again - you will have problems.

I would disable Basic & Integrated Windows Authentication on the SMTP Virtual Server and then they won't be able to come back and flood you with spam.

My blog explains this some more:

http://alanhardisty.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/increase-in-hacker-attempts-on-windows-exchange-servers-one-way-to-slow-them-down/
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hey Alan i ma gona accept your solution i found all your solutions worked, i just had to clear all the messages from the Queue folder, there was 200k of them!!
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Yikes - 200k is quite a few!

Aqadmcli.exe should eat them up very quickly though : )

Thanks for the points.

Alan
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by:jonathanduane2010
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I actually found it was taking very long so I restarted machine and booted into safe mode then deleted *.eml from command prompt!

Thanks again
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Good to know - thanks for the update.

Well done.

Alan
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