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RASCAN 0.1.0

Yet an­oth­er lit­tle pro­gram.

In this case, it's called ras­can, and it's a re­write of In­ter7's sim­scan.

What does it do? It eas­i­ly hooks cla­mav and spa­mas­sas­sin in­to your qmail-smt­pd se­tup, so you will not ac­cept virus­es in your server, and tag spam.

It still lacks some fea­tures, like bounc­ing mes­sages based on spa­mas­sas­sin hit­s, or block­ing at­tach­ments, but it has at least one fea­ture sim­scan lacks (adding foot­ers to mes­sages).

It's still al­pha, so I would­n't put it on a pro­duc­tion server, but it may even work ;-)

The RA SPP Plugin collection

Af­ter a very long time, I have de­cid­ed to make one of my projects pub­lic.

It's a col­lec­tion of qmail plu­g­in­s, to be used with qmail-spp for di­verse pur­pos­es.

It's C code, which I don't quite like, but I think it does­n't suck too much.

Fighting Spam with Qmail (part III)

A new sto­ry in the "Fight­ing Spam with Qmail" se­ries, af­ter an over two year hia­tus.

This one is about RBLs, qmail and a great tool called qmail-sp­p.

2006 resolution

I will make some of my work pub­lic.

The best can­di­date is one that will prob­a­bly not ap­peal to any­one: my per­son­al lin­ux dis­tro.

I have it, I use it all the time. It's not pub­lished yet, though, since it con­sists of a base Cen­tOS + a lot of work.

So, I will try to make it sys­tem­at­ic, call it an in­staller, and drop it on the un­sus­pect­ing au­di­ence.

Don't hold your breath, though.

Here are some of the fea­tures:

  • Serv­er ori­en­t­ed. I use it for my clients' server­s.

  • Qmail+­­couri­er+vpop­­mail+round­cube+s­­pa­­mas­sas­s­in+­­cla­­mav mail sys­tem.

  • Squid prox­­y+fw­builder fire­wall

  • Smart for pack­­age man­age­­ment

  • runit-based boot/ser­vices.

  • KDE as a GUI. Ac­c­s­si­ble via FreeNX/se­cure VNC.

  • Open­VPN for sim­­ple VPN man­age­­men­t.

  • Cus­­tom cher­rypy-based ad­min tools

  • No SeLin­ux (sor­ry, it's a pain in the but­t. Se­cure, but a pain).

  • Bac­u­la for back­­ups

  • Cus­­tom tool to back the whole disk to a bootable DVD (Sys­tem Res­cue DVD)

  • /etc in SVN+­­Trac (yes, re­al­­ly, and the ad­min tools force you to use it)

  • Prob­a­bly djbdns for DNS.

All in al­l, it's a pret­ty or­di­nary Cen­tOS-based thing, ex­cept that the switch to runit makes ser­vice man­age­ment way sim­pler and reg­u­lar ( you can do things like hav­ing a non-­root us­er that can man­age some ser­vices, yay!)

On the oth­er hand, the cher­rypy-based tools would prob­a­bly need a bit of a rewrite, since some are pret­ty crud­dy.

Most­ly, I have been gath­er­ing these pieces over the last 6 years as I re­al­ly don't like the way any of the Lin­ux serv­er dis­tros are built.

I based it on Cen­tOS be­cause do­ing the whole dis­tro by hand is way too much work.

I can prob­a­bly show it around June, if I don't get too side­tracked. Hope­ful­ly, some­one will read this list and tell me "but graxzst lin­ux al­ready does all that!" ;-)


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