The idea is to set up a Postfix email firewall/gateway that
forwards mail for "example.com" to an inside gateway machine but
rejects mail for "anything.example.com". There is only one problem:
relay_domains = example.com", the firewall normally also
accepts mail for "anything.example.com". That would not be right.
Note: this example requires Postfix version 2.0 and later. To find
out what Postfix version you have, execute the command "postconf
The solution is presented in multiple parts. This first part
gets rid of local mail delivery on the firewall, making the firewall
harder to break.
myorigin = example.com
error:local mail delivery is disabled
8 Comment out the local delivery agent
Line 2: Send mail from this machine as "[email protected]",
so that no reason exists to send mail to "[email protected]".
Lines 3-8: Disable local mail delivery on the firewall
For the sake of technical correctness the firewall must be able
to receive mail for postmaster@[firewall ip address]. Reportedly,
some things actually expect this ability to exist. The second part
of the solution therefore adds support for postmaster@[firewall ip
address], and as a bonus we do abuse@[firewall ip address] as well.
All the mail to these two accounts is forwarded to an inside address.
virtual_alias_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/virtual
5 postmaster [email protected]
6 abuse [email protected]
The last part of the solution does the email forwarding, which
is the real purpose of the firewall email function.
mynetworks = 127.0.0.0/8 18.104.22.168/24
relay_domains = example.com
relay_recipient_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/relay_recipients
transport_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/transport
13 [email protected] x
14 [email protected] x
15 . . .
Lines 1-7: Accept mail from local systems in $
and accept mail from outside for "[email protected]" but not for
"[email protected]". The magic is in lines 4-5.
Lines 9, 12-14: Define the list of valid addresses in the
"example.com" domain that can receive mail from the Internet. This
prevents the mail queue from filling up with undeliverable
MAILER-DAEMON messages. If you can't maintain a list of valid
recipients then you must specify "
relay_recipient_maps =" (that
is, an empty value), or you must specify an "@example.com x"
wild-card in the relay_recipients table.
Lines 10, 17-18: Route mail for "example.com" to the inside
gateway machine. The  forces Postfix to do no MX lookup.
Specify dbm instead of hash if your system uses
dbm files instead of db files. To find out what lookup
tables Postfix supports, use the command "postconf -m".
Execute the command "postmap /etc/postfix/relay_recipients"
whenever you change the relay_recipients table.
Execute the command "postmap /etc/postfix/transport"
whenever you change the transport table.
In some installations, there may be separate instances of Postfix
processing inbound and outbound mail on a multi-homed firewall. The
inbound Postfix instance has an SMTP server listening on the external
firewall interface, and the outbound Postfix instance has an SMTP server
listening on the internal interface. In such a configuration is it is
tempting to configure $
inet_interfaces in each instance with just the
corresponding interface address.
In most cases, using
inet_interfaces in this way will not work,
because as documented in the $
inet_interfaces reference manual, the
smtp(8) delivery agent will also use the specified interface address
as the source address for outbound connections and will be unable to
reach hosts on "the other side" of the firewall. The symptoms are that
the firewall is unable to connect to hosts that are in fact up. See the
inet_interfaces parameter documentation for suggested work-arounds.