SpamAssassin + Postfix to Deliver Spam to an Alternate Mailbox

A fairly simple method of having postfix send messages through SpamAssassin, and then delivering the messages identified as spam to a separate mailbox:

Configure SpamAssassin as normal in master.cf:

smtp      inet  n       -       -       -       -       smtpd -o content_filter=spamassassin
2525      inet  n       -       -       -       -       smtpd -o content_filter=spamassassin
spamassassin unix -     n       n       -       -       pipe user=spamd argv=/usr/bin/spamc -f -e    /usr/sbin/sendmail -oi -f ${sender} ${recipient}

Configure Spamassassin to log the status and score in a new header by adding this to /etc/spamassassin/local.cf:

## Add a spamassassin header to all messages so that we can filter them out
add_header all Status _YESNO_, score=_SCORE_ required=_REQD_ tests=_TESTS_ autolearn=_AUTOLEARN_ version=_VERSION_

And then configure postfix to look for that header and deliver it to an alternate mailbox:

/etc/postfix/main.cf:

header_checks = regexp:/etc/postfix/header_checks

/etc/postfix/header_checks:

/^X-Spam-Status: Yes/ REDIRECT spam@yourdomain.com

Now your messages identified as spam will be sent to spam@yourdomain.com so that you can occasionally check for false positives.

Note that there is more work that goes into setting up SpamAssassin, but there are plenty of howtos around for getting that configured.

One thought on “SpamAssassin + Postfix to Deliver Spam to an Alternate Mailbox”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.