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How to block certain attachment types in Postfix

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10


How to block certain attachment types in Postfix
How to block certain attachments based on the extension of the file name


1. Launch a Terminal and become the root user. Backup file located in /etc/postfix directory and edit it.
su - 
cp /etc/postfix/ /etc/postfix/
vi /etc/postfix/
2. Search for the line
# header_checks = regexp:/etc/postfix/header_checks
3. Remove the # (hash) from the above mentioned line and save the file.
4. Backup header_checks file located in /etc/postfix and edit it
cp /etc/postfix/header_checks /etc/postfix/header_checks.original
vi /etc/postfix/header_checks 
5. Add the following line at the bottom of the file and save it
/name=[^>]*\.(exe|pif|com|dll|vbs|bat)/   REJECT
(Add other extensions that need to be blocked)
6. Restart the postfix service
/etc/init.d/postfix restart

Additional Information

To test the configuration, send a test message with an attachment type mentioned in the header_checks file 
mail -a /path_to_file user_name
put the subject name
end the message with a . (dot)
check the the log file 
tail -f /var/log/mail
It will show an entry somthing like this
"Date Time hostname postfix/cleanup[xxxxx]: xxxxxxxxxx: reject: header Content-Disposition: attachment;? filename="filename.extension" from local; from=< user@domain_name > to to=< user@domain_name >: Message content rejected"


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  • Document ID:7000885
  • Creation Date: 03-Mar-2009
  • Modified Date:10-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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