If you’re in a need for fast and simple solution to block certain senders directly on Exim mail server, you’re in luck. Couple of weeks back I needed to blacklist a spammer on a relay mail server, so that I could take my time and carefully trace the origin server/script from where the spam was being sent.
Implementing sender blocklist is very simple. Just open Exim’s configuration file - if you’re using CentOS or RHEL, look no further than
/etc/exim/exim.conf. On Debian based distributions Exim’s configuration is split into multiple files, so the recommended way of reconfiguring Exim is with
sudo dpkg-reconfigure exim4-config.
So the whole ACL is pretty short, simple and self explanatory:
acl_check_data: deny senders = /etc/deny_senders accept
The chances are that you already have
acl_check_data: defined in your
exim.conf, so basically you’ll just need to add the second line below it.
Afterwards, you can put senders you wish to block in
/etc/deny_senders. You can either block specific e-mail address or whole domains. Here are some examples:
[email protected] [email protected]omain.tld *@spammer.tld *@lol.cats.tld
Note that after adding ACL you’ll need to restart Exim, however editing
deny_senders list doesn’t require restart.