Page 1 of 1

mail from forum coming in with bogus HELO

Posted: Sun May 03, 2009 4:16 am
by bill_mcgonigle
Mail from this forum is coming from but when that machine HELO's, it's calling itself, which has no DNS entry. This causes mail servers which check for consistency to reject all mail from ariel. e.g.:

Code: Select all

2009-05-02T23:53:23.165543-04:00 borlaug postfix/smtpd[5622]: NOQUEUE: reject: RCPT from[]: 450 4.7.1 <>: Helo command rejected: Host not found; from=<> to=<me> proto=ESMTP helo=<>                                        

If this is a shared host, the ISP should put in a proper DNS entry for the host. Otherwise, something is misconfigured.

Re: mail from forum coming in with bogus HELO

Posted: Sun May 03, 2009 5:05 am
by GµårÐïåñ
It is shared hosted on easyspeedy and the mail is being sent probably by the built in mail function, so if there might be a misconfig by the host or somewhere in the config, I am sure Giorgio will look into it. Thanks for the report, I had not heard of any problems until you mentioned this, so not sure what's going on.

Re: mail from forum coming in with bogus HELO

Posted: Sun May 03, 2009 5:51 am
by Tom T.
I use Yahoo! web mail, so my mileage probably differs from yours. But Yahoo has gotten very strict on spam, etc., and no problems here with receiving notification. Header:

Code: Select all

Authentication-Results:; domainkeys=neutral (no sig);; dkim=neutral (no sig)
Received:       from (EHLO ( by with SMTP; Sat, 02 May 2009 15:56:54 -0700
Received:       (qmail 21906 invoked by uid 89); 2 May 2009 22:56:07 -0000
Received:       from unknown (HELO ( by with SMTP; 2 May 2009 22:56:07 -0000

I admit to being not that deep into header interpretation, but.... The domainkeys is a Yahoo tool for authenticating as "not forged address" mail either within the Yahoo domain or from cooperating mails that subscribe to Yahoo domain keys. Informaction is clearly its own server, no subscription, but not on a blacklist either ("neutral").

I note the "EHLO" in the top Received vs. HELO later. Perhaps you can explain the significance of this, or is this possibly the source of the error?
I can only guess that including thestandard localhost address 127... indicates origination from Giorgio's machine, correct? And perhaps Yahoo accepts that as the originator, while yours finds this unacceptable?

As said, I'm way outside of my knowledge base here, and welcome any education you care to share. Thanks.

Re: mail from forum coming in with bogus HELO

Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 1:26 am
by GµårÐïåñ
Ok, here is the header form one of the messages I receive from the forum (I receive everything in Outlook). Anywhere you see <XXX> it is my own personally identifiable information that I have intentionally removed from the display as it serves no purpose for this discussion.

Return-Path: <>
Delivery-Date: Sun, 03 May 2009 20:01:09 -0400
Received: from ( [])
by <XXX> (node=mxus1) with ESMTP (<XXX>)
id 0MKoXI-1M0lcK0uim-000YmA for <XXX>; Sun, 03 May 2009 20:01:08 -0400
Received: (qmail 12047 invoked by uid 89); 4 May 2009 00:00:44 -0000
Received: from unknown (HELO (
by with SMTP; 4 May 2009 00:00:44 -0000
Subject: =?UTF-8?B?VG9waWMgcmVwbHkgbm90aWZpY2F0aW9uIC0gIkxhdGVzdCBOb1NjcmlwdCB2ZXJz?= =?UTF-8?B?aW9uICgxLjkuMikgYnJlYWtzIEFkYmxvY2sgUGx1cyI=?=
To: =?UTF-8?B?R8K1w6Vyw5DDr8Olw7E=?= <XXX>
From: <>
Reply-To: <>
Return-Path: <>
Sender: <>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Message-ID: <>
Date: Mon, 04 May 2009 02:00:15 +0200
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Mailer: PhpBB3
X-MimeOLE: phpBB3
X-phpBB-Origin: phpbb://
Envelope-To: <XXX>

The red highlight shows you the name of the server which as you can see from the syntax is hosted on and you will further notice that the numbers in the front are a match to the IP of the hosted server name in green highlight. This is either a virtual hosted account or VPS with either a dedicated or possible shared IP, regardless it is pointing to where it is supposed to and accurately reflects the information. You can further see in the orange highlight that it is indeed using the localhost/mail function to send the message and hence the ip designation.

To sum it all up, its not bogus, its all good and people need to relax.

Re: mail from forum coming in with bogus HELO

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:46 am
by piker
This topic/thread was very helpful by the way... as in, pointers to what IP space should be known for allowing people to properly modify any black/white lists or firewall rules on their servers or PC's to allow signup/forum related communication to be all groovy and kosher. Also, even though this particular forums' server IP address reverses properly to what we'd expect, knowing the general "end-user-ish" default-like hostname and domain is also helpful, since many administrators and RBLs may treat similar/neighboring hosts as end-user IP space to be blocked or weighed heavily against towards spam filter rules.

In short.. both the IP and (bogus HELO) were helpful to know had I needed to create exceptions to any anti-spam/attack blocklists as I'm sure may be the case with people in the future.. especially since this forum is indeed neighbored by or at least part of a /16 (cidr) range that can be, at times, questionable as to behavior, etc.. etc...

thanks! .. it might be worthy to mention in the forum's official notes somewhere is my point.

..enough babbling for me.