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Linux Networking Cookbook

By : Agnello Dsouza, Gregory Boyce
5 (1)
Book Image

Linux Networking Cookbook

5 (1)
By: Agnello Dsouza, Gregory Boyce

Overview of this book

Linux can be configured as a networked workstation, a DNS server, a mail server, a firewall, a gateway router, and many other things. These are all part of administration tasks, hence network administration is one of the main tasks of Linux system administration. By knowing how to configure system network interfaces in a reliable and optimal manner, Linux administrators can deploy and configure several network services including file, web, mail, and servers while working in large enterprise environments. Starting with a simple Linux router that passes traffic between two private networks, you will see how to enable NAT on the router in order to allow Internet access from the network, and will also enable DHCP on the network to ease configuration of client systems. You will then move on to configuring your own DNS server on your local network using bind9 and tying it into your DHCP server to allow automatic configuration of local hostnames. You will then future enable your network by setting up IPv6 via tunnel providers. Moving on, we’ll configure Samba to centralize authentication for your network services; we will also configure Linux client to leverage it for authentication, and set up a RADIUS server that uses the directory server for authentication. Toward the end, you will have a network with a number of services running on it, and will implement monitoring in order to detect problems as they occur.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Linux Networking Cookbook
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Filtering spam with SpamAssassin

SpamAssassin is a very popular tool, which uses a number of methodologies to identify spam messages and then either filter, tag or drop them. A few of the methods it uses includes Bayesian detection and the use of RBLs.

SpamAssassin can be configured globally by integrating directly with your mail server, or can be implemented on a per client basis through Procmail or integration with your mail client. Thunderbird from the Mozilla project, for example, integrates with SpamAssassin.

How to do it…

Let's look at how to integrate SpamAssassin directly in with Postfix.

  1. Install SpamAssassin:

    $ sudo apt-get install spamassassin
  2. Enable the running of spamd:

    $ sudo sed -i 's/^ENABLED=.*/ENABLED=1/g' /etc/default/spamassassin
  3. Start spamd:

    sudo service spamassassin start
  4. Copy SpamAssassin's example filtering script to a more useful location:

    $ sudo cp /usr/share/doc/spamassassin/examples/ /usr/local/bin/spamfilter
  5. Modify /etc/postfix/ to add a content...