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Mon, Feb 06, 2006 6:31 pm

SORBS Blocking Hotmail.Com and MSN.Com Email

I had reports from two users who were informed by inviduals using and addresses that mail was being rejected when sent to the users. The senders were not able to provide me with the reason for the email being rejected. When I used my own test account, I discovered that was because Hotmail hides that informaton from the Hotmail account holder by default, but Hotmail's settings can be changed to reveal the reason a message is rejected.

When I used my own test account, I found that email from and accounts was being rejected because the email servers are on a SORBS blocklist.

I resolved the problem by adding the relevant and email addresses to sendmail's /etc/mail/access file.

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Mon, Feb 06, 2006 11:44 am

Yahoo and AOL Postage Charge

Yahoo and AOL will provide email senders the capability to bypass spam filters on the Yahoo and AOL email servers, if the sender pays a postage fee that would range from 1/4 of a cent to one cent per email address. AOL and Yahoo will use the services of a company called Goodmail Systems to provide the postage-based email service.

By providing the capability to bypass spam filters on their servers, if the sender pays a fee for each email sent, the two companies will be providing mass mailers the capability to ensure that their email reaches recipients rather than perhaps being identified as spam and automatically discarded. The email senders using the service must pledge to send email ony to those who have agreed to receive it. In return they will be able to bypass spam filters and their messages will arrive in recipients' inboxes with a seal indicating that the mesages are legitimate.


  1. Yahoo, AOL to Charge Some E-Mail Senders
    By Dan Goodin AP Technology Writer
    Date: February 6, 2006

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