[BALUG-Admin] DNSBL: lists.balug.org

Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli@cal.berkeley.edu
Sun Oct 8 23:42:19 PDT 2017

Thanks, checking into it ...
looks like they have @balug.org listed for (allegedly) not
accepting email to postmaster@balug.org,
the others are listed "indirectly" ... apparently they're
automagically listed as being subdomains of @balug.org (and
perhaps also with the criterial that @balug.org is a domain
that is supposed to accept email).

I did retest, seems to accept email to postmaster@balug.org just
fine.  But I'll check further.  The only bits I can think of
(and if so, may find in logs or through further testing),
graylisting - shouldn't be an issue, but perhaps false positives
from that?  False positives from "spam" rejection? - only
particular known issue is blank body rejection - but that would
only show with an actual submission attempt, including (and concluding)
with a blank body (or one that evaluated to blank/empty, after
stripping out embedded images and the like).

Anyway, will review relevant logs and test further.  I believe it also
works fine on both IPv4 and IPv6 ... in any case, will check further
and see if I can get it cleared up.

That seems to be the only blacklist (purported) issue, and just
with the one domain (and subdomains "guilty" by association).

Also, at this point, @temp.balug.org should no longer be
originating (and SPF data was suitably updated earlier), but it
should still be accepting fine.  Since it should be no longer be
originating at all, if there's anything that's
specific to @temp.balug.org (and not "mere" guilt by association
with @balug.org), that's probably at most low priority issue
on blacklist(s) or the like.

> From: "Rick Moen" <rick@linuxmafia.com>
> Subject: [BALUG-Admin] DNSBL: lists.balug.org
> Date: Sun, 8 Oct 2017 21:56:50 -0700

> Michael P.:
> I periodically check my mail server IP on http://multirbl.valli.org/
> and/or http://www.dnsbl.info/ , to make sure it's not on any blocklist.
> (It was recently on one for cryptic reasons.  When I politely inquired
> and stressed that I'd be glad to fix any problem but didn't understand
> the existing one, the listing was removed without comment.)
> $ host lists.balug.org
> lists.balug.org has address
> lists.balug.org has IPv6 address 2001:470:1f04:19e::2
> lists.balug.org mail is handled by 100 mx.lists.balug.org.
> $
> http://multirbl.valli.org/lookup/  shows that one
> cluster of blocklists, the rfc-clueless.org one, doesn't like your IP.
> This is the successor to Derek Balling's rfc-ignorant.org DNSBL, which
> Derek eventually shut down, and has the same mission.  The listing
> policy is here:  http://rfc-clueless.org/pages/listing_policy
> Looks like they believe that isn't accepting mail to
> postmaster. an RFC requirement for any FQDN that deals in SMTP
> (http://rfc-clueless.org/pages/listing_policy-postmaster).
> When I did a quick check telneting to 25/tcp, it seems to me that the
> system _was_ going to accept my manually composed mail to
> postmaster@lists.balug.org -- so I'm unclear on why that listing's
> there.
> Seems like they also have no-postmaster listings for FQDNs
> balug-sf-lug-v2.balug.org, balug.org, and temp.balug.org. Maybe you
> should actually cease accepting mail for those FQDNs.

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