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    Posted: 11 September 2003 at 10:10am

What I don't understand is why this email shows up in my quarantine list? SpamFilter shouldn't even receive this as this is not an allowed relay. The reason given was 'reversed DNS not found'

66.46.21.191 is my firewall.

 

Received: from 61.73.48.153 by 192.168.1.201 (LogSat Software SMTP Server) Wed, 10 Sep 2003 15:49:33 -0400
From: china9988@21cn.com
Subject: 66.46.21.191
To: china9988@21cn.com
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 06:32:52 +0900
X-Priority: 3
X-Library: Indy 8.0.25
X-Server: LogSat Software SMTP Server

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Does this mean somebody is probing my server? There's nothing I need to worry?
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What you are seing are simply email headrs, they do not mean anything. What counts is the RCPT TO command (which you'll see in the SpamFilter activity log), which indicates the actual email address the email is going to be delivered to. If' the RCPT TO is in your local domains, it will be delivered. The senders can put whatever email address they want in the "To:" email header, it does absolutely not have to match with the RCPT TO command.

Before you ask "how is this possible", think that if someone BCCs you on an email, the "To:
header will be the the original email address of the recipient, while the RCPT TO command will contain your email address, which is completely different from the TO. As you see this is a perfectly valid scenario where the two are different.

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