AOL rejecting mail from IP's w/o reverse DNS ?

Suresh Ramasubramanian suresh at
Wed Dec 3 17:08:24 UTC 2003

Jeffrey Paul  writes on 12/3/2003 11:39 AM:

> Perhaps I'm being naïve, but this seems like a very good way to cause spammers to suddenly start having valid PTR RRs.  Thoughts?

A lot of spam these days comes from trojaned windows machines on dialup 
/ broadband IPs.

Most ISPs in the USA and the world over already have generic PTR records 
( and such) on their dhcp pools.

So, yes, the mere presence of rDNS for an IP is not an indicator that 
the traffic coming at your mailserver from that IP is not spam.

On the other hand, the absence of rDNS on an IP seems to often be 
accompanied by assorted other brokenness, such as open relays / proxies 
and compromised hosts.

srs (postmaster|suresh) // gpg : EDEDEFB9
manager, security and antispam operations

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