I have the fortunate situation that i have hosted mail on a trusted second party (my father) so i do not have to deal with anything mail server related. I have a domain for receiving mails and i use a wildcard address to receive all the mails.
... I had the following setup:
Everything worked fine but my imapfilter list for spam grew above the 100 entries because some of my addresses were leaked by the web service i was using. Most spam mails got sorted correctly into my Spam folder but some survived the sorting.
Spamassassin to the rescue
Everybody seems to be using spamassassin and i always thought it can only be used with procmail and real mail retrieval. Turns out isbg.py is what may solve all my spam problems. It logs into the imap host and filters new mails with the help of spamassassin.
Installation and preparation:
#?/bin/sh # install sa aptitude install spamassassin pyzor # enable SA, activate 'allow-tell' sed -i -e 's#ENABLED=.*#ENABLED=1#' \ -e 's#OPTIONS=.*#OPTIONS="-4 --create-prefs --max-children 5 --helper-home-dir --allow-tell"#' \ /etc/default/spamassassin update-rc.d spamassassin enable /etc/init.d/spamassassin start # install IMAP spam begone pip install isbg # download pyzor db for spamassassin pyzor --homedir /etc/mail/spamassassin discover
Configuration and learning:
#?/bin/sh # configure SA to your liking cat > $HOME/.spamassassin <<EOF required_score 5.0 report_safe 0 use_bayes 1 bayes_auto_learn 1 skip_rbl_checks 0 use_razor2 1 use_dcc 1 use_pyzor 1 ok_languages en de ok_locales en de score SUBJ_ILLEGAL_CHARS 0 EOF /etc/init.d/spamassassin restart # make SA learn your spam folder via isbg,also save the password isbg.py --imaphost <imap-domain> --ssl --imapuser <imap-username> --spaminbox INBOX.Spam --spamc --teachonly --learnspambox INBOX.Spam --savepw vim $HOME/.offlineimaprc # change Presynchook = imapfilter to $HOME/bin/filter_mail cat > $HOME/bin/filter_mail <<EOF isbg.py --verbose --imaphost <imap-domain> --ssl --imapuser <imap-username> --spaminbox INBOX.Spam --delete --expunge --noninteractive --spamc imapfilter EOF # dont worry, --delete --expurge only deletes the messages from your inbox (and essentially moves them to your Spam folder) # create mutt macro to mark and move spam in your inbox echo 'macro index,pager S "| sa-learn --spam\ns=INBOX.Spam\n\n" "file as Spam"' >> $HOME/.muttrc # optional: disable the 'press any key to continue' : # echo 'set wait_key = no' >> $HOME/.muttrc
After learning my >9000 spam mails in the spam folder the spamassassin bayes filter was trained pretty well. Now i was able to remove all the 'spam' rules from .imapfilter/config.lua, and it felt GREAT.