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Thu, Aug 18, 2016 10:46 pm

Bitdefender milter causing Sendmail restart failure

I needed to change the smart host setting for a Sendmail email server, so I edited /etc/mail/ and rebuilt /etc/mail/ with the m4 command. I then attempted to restart Sendmail, but it did not restart.

# m4 /etc/mail/ > /etc/mail/
# service sendmail restart
Redirecting to /bin/systemctl restart  sendmail.service
Job for sendmail.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status sendmail.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.

When I issued a systemctl status sendmail.service command for further information, I saw the following:

# systemctl status sendmail.service
‚óŹ sendmail.service - Sendmail Mail Transport Agent
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/sendmail.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Thu 2016-08-18 15:40:49 EDT; 11s ago
  Process: 25578 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/sendmail -bd $SENDMAIL_OPTS $SENDMAIL_OPTARG (code=exited, status=78)
  Process: 25573 ExecStartPre=/etc/mail/make aliases (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 25570 ExecStartPre=/etc/mail/make (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 3394 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

Aug 18 15:40:49 systemd[1]: Starting Sendmail Mail Transport A....
Aug 18 15:40:49 sendmail[25578]: 554 5.0.0 /etc/mail/sendmail....d
Aug 18 15:40:49 sendmail[25578]: NOQUEUE: SYSERR(root): /etc/m...d
Aug 18 15:40:49 sendmail[25578]: NOQUEUE: SYSERR(root): InputF...y
Aug 18 15:40:49 sendmail[25578]: 451 4.0.0 InputFilter BitDefe...y
Aug 18 15:40:49 systemd[1]: sendmail.service: control process ...8
Aug 18 15:40:49 systemd[1]: Failed to start Sendmail Mail Tran....
Aug 18 15:40:49 systemd[1]: Unit sendmail.service entered fail....
Aug 18 15:40:49 systemd[1]: sendmail.service failed.
Hint: Some lines were ellipsized, use -l to show in full.

When I undid the changes I had made to, the issue remained. When I used the journalctl command to check on the problem, I saw the following:

# journalctl -xe
-- Unit sendmail.service has failed.
-- The result is failed.
Aug 18 15:43:25 systemd[1]: Dependency failed for Sendmail Mail Tr
-- Subject: Unit sm-client.service has failed
-- Defined-By: systemd
-- Support:
-- Unit sm-client.service has failed.
-- The result is dependency.
Aug 18 15:43:25 systemd[1]: Job sm-client.service/start failed wit
Aug 18 15:43:25 systemd[1]: Unit sendmail.service entered failed s
Aug 18 15:43:25 systemd[1]: sendmail.service failed.
Aug 18 15:43:25 polkitd[771]: Unregistered Authentication Agent fo
Aug 18 15:43:53 sshd[25845]: Address maps to wimax13
Aug 18 15:43:53 sshd[25845]: Invalid user log from
Aug 18 15:43:53 sshd[25845]: input_userauth_request: invalid user 
Aug 18 15:43:53 sshd[25845]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): check pass; user
Aug 18 15:43:53 sshd[25845]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication f
Aug 18 15:43:55 sshd[25845]: Failed password for invalid user log 
Aug 18 15:43:56 sshd[25845]: Connection closed by [p
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