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Old 11-16-2005, 05:36 AM   #1
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Hello!

I use exim4/fetchmail system. I am afraid of email flood. What will happen if one send me 100M of mail? It ALL will be fetched to my poor machine! Of course it is impossible for I have limited Internet traffic, which will be consumed entirely on fetching these damned mails Is there any way to avoid this possibility? Does anyone else use exim4/fetchmail and what is you opinion in this question?

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Old 11-16-2005, 07:56 AM   #2
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I also use fetchmail, and back when I was on dialup, I used to NOT download any mail bigger than 800kB.

I'm not @home right now, but I'll try and give more details when I am. Meanwhile, you'll find the information you need in the fetchmail manpage.

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Old 11-16-2005, 10:56 AM   #3
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I also use fetchmail, and back when I was on dialup, I used to NOT download any mail bigger than 800kB.
Please, it is not a solution. Any baddy can send 1 million messages by 800 kbytes each.

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Meanwhile, you'll find the information you need in the fetchmail manpage. [/B]
Of course I have looked thru the manpage. It offers 'fetchlimit', well, but "An explicit --fetchlimit of 0 overrides any limits set in your run control file." But is it possible to use at least 'fetchlimit' and 'limit' at the same time (and how)? It would be great.

Thank you for help, I am waiting for further information.
 
Old 11-16-2005, 11:32 AM   #4
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I'm still not home, but it seems you've found it all by yourself
But indeed, this fetchmail feature doesn't help if someone sends thousands of mails.

I've got an idea: why not have a cronjob checking the incoming mail spool directory size, and kill the fetchmail process if this size is bigger than some limit? If you want, you could even have this same cronjob restart the fetchmail process when the spool directory size is down to, say, 50% the limit.

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Old 11-16-2005, 11:44 AM   #5
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Huh, good idea! But it would be better such script will be invoked by fetchmail itself whenever it retrieves anything or, what is IMHO equal, exim4, when it is asked for to recieve anything. Don't anybody know is this script possible? Where to place it?

But I feel it is impossible...
 
Old 11-17-2005, 03:48 AM   #6
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It is impossible for fetchmail, but maybe not for exim4. I don't know this MTA because I use Postfix at home.

With Postfix, you can choose the delivery program. This is usually some variation around procmail, but the default delivery program could be called from inside a custom wrapper script that does some sanity checks after having performed the delivery itself.
The same is probably possible with exim4 too.

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