Mystery Spam Piling Up in Mqueue

Peter N. M. Hansteen peter at
Mon Jan 15 08:31:43 UTC 2007

"Jason C. Wells" <jcw at> writes:

> I have a bunch of mail piling up in /var/spool/mqueue.  It appears to be
> all spam and it appears to be generated on the localhost.  I am not
> sending it.  

Like Jeff said, this looks very much like bounces generated by spam
which was sent with a forged, undeliverable sender address (big
surprise, huh?). 

Pileups like these will happen every once in a while, and there's
really not too much you can do apart from putting some effort into
making sure your systems stay clean.  With a bit of care it is
possible to remove messages from your delivery queue, but unless disk
space is really tight or the messages are just too d**n annoying, you
can just leave them there to automagically go away after a few days.

As for "giving spammers a hard time", you could for entertainment (and
possibly some information value) try putting that exact string into
your favorite search engine.

Peter N. M. Hansteen, member of the first RFC 1149 implementation team
"First, we kill all the spammers" The Usenet Bard, "Twice-forwarded tales"
delilah spamd[29949]: disconnected after 42673 seconds.

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