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     proxsmtpd — an SMTP server for performing filtering


     proxsmtpd [-d level] [-f configfile] [-p pidfile]
     proxsmtpd -v


     proxsmtpd is an SMTP filter that allows you to perform arbitrary filtering on email. It
     accepts SMTP connections and forwards the SMTP commands and responses to another SMTP

     The DATA email body is intercepted and scanned before forwarding. Email can be altered,
     bounced, or silently dropped.

     proxsmtpd aims to be lightweight and simple rather than have a myriad of options. The
     options it does have are configured by editing the proxsmtpd.conf(5) file. See the man page
     for proxsmtpd.conf(5) for more info on the default location of the configuration file.


     The options are as follows.

     -d          Don't detach from the console and run as a daemon. In addition the level
                 argument specifies what level of error messages to display. 0 being the least, 4
                 the most.

     -f          configfile specifies an alternate location for the proxsmtpd configuration file.
                 See proxsmtpd.conf(5) for more details on where the configuration file is
                 located by default.

     -p          pidfile specifies a location for the a process id file to be written to. This
                 file contains the process id of proxsmtpd and can be used to stop the daemon.

     -v          Prints the proxsmtp version number and exits.


     The filter script is specified using the FilterCommand option. By default the email is piped
     through the script on standard input.  Standard output is read for the filtered email.
     Standard error is also read for error messages.

     If the FilterType option is set to 'file', your filter will operate on a file rather than
     processing standard in and standard out. The file name will be passed to your filter command
     using the EMAIL environment variable. Your script can change the file as needed. Standard
     error is still processed as outlined below.

     If the filter command returns a successful exit code (ie: 0), then the filtered email is
     sent to the destination mail server as usual. When a error exit code (ie: anything but 0) a
     failure message is sent back to the sending server. In this case the email is not sent.

     You can customize the error message sent back. The last line of output printed to standard
     error will be used in this case. If you specify a full SMTP error code then it will be used
     (ie: '550 Bad Email'). If it's just a text message then a 550 SMTP error code will be used.

     You can silently drop messages by using an error message with a 250 SMTP code.  This gives
     the illusion to the sending server that the email was accepted.

     Various environment variables will be present when your script is run. You may need to
     escape them properly before use in your favorite scripting language. Failure to do this
     could lead to a REMOTE COMPROMISE of your machine.

     CLIENT      The network address of the SMTP client connected.

     EMAIL       When the FilterType option is set to 'file', this specifies the file that the
                 email was saved to.

     RECIPIENTS  The email addresses of the email recipients. These are specified one per line,
                 in standard address format.

     REMOTE      If proxsmtpd is being used to filter email between SMTP servers, then this is
                 the IP address of the original client. In order for this information to be
                 present (a) the SMTP client (sending server) must an send an XFORWARD command
                 and (b) the SMTP server (receiving server) must accept that XFORWARD command
                 without error.

                 If proxsmtpd is being used to filter email between SMTP servers, then this is
                 the HELO/EHLO banner of the original client. In order for this information to be
                 present (a) the SMTP client (sending server) must an send an XFORWARD command
                 and (b) the SMTP server (receiving server) must accept that XFORWARD command
                 without error.

     SENDER      The email address for the sender of the email.

     SERVER      The network address of the SMTP server we're connected to.

     TMPDIR      The path to the temp directory in use. This is the same as the TempDirectory


     proxsmtpd logs to syslogd by default under the 'mail' facility. You can also output logs to
     the console using the -d option.


     In some cases it's advantageous to consolidate the filtering for several mail servers on one
     machine.  proxsmtpd allows this by providing a loopback feature to connect back to the IP
     that an SMTP connection comes in from.

     To use this feature specify only a port number (no IP address) for the OutAddress setting in
     the configuration file. This will cause proxsmtpd to pass the email back to the said port on
     the incoming IP address.

     Make sure the MaxConnections setting is set high enough to handle the mail from all the
     servers without refusing connections.


     A transparent proxy is a configuration on a gateway that routes certain types of traffic
     through a proxy server without any changes on the client computers.  proxsmtpd has support
     for transparent proxying of SMTP traffic by enabling the TransparentProxy setting. This type
     of setup usually involves firewall rules which redirect traffic to proxsmtpd and the setup
     varies from OS to OS. The SMTP traffic will be forwarded to it's original destination after
     being scanned.

     Note that some features (such as SSL/TLS) will not be available when going through the
     transparent proxy.

     Make sure that the MaxConnections setting is set high enough for your transparent proxying.
     Because proxsmtpd is not being used as a filter inside a queue, which usually throttles the
     amount of email going through, this setting may need to be higher than usual.


     There's no reason to run this daemon as root. It is meant as a filter and should listen on a
     high TCP port.

     Care should be taken with the directory that proxsmtpd writes its temporary files to. In
     order to be secure, it should not be a world writeable location. Specify the directory using
     the TempDirectory setting.

     Make sure you understand the issues involved with escaping external data. The environment
     variables such as SENDER or RECIPIENTS need to be treated with care.

     If running proxsmtpd on a publicly accessible IP address or without a firewall please be
     sure to understand all the possible security issues. This is especially true if the loopback
     feature is used (see above).




     Stef Walter <>