[web-team] web-team Digest, Vol 27, Issue 1

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Jan 5 21:12:52 PST 2010

So, by the way, you might legitimately wonder:  Given that (prior to the
post Margaret just sent) this mailing list hasn't had any traffic since
mid-November, why did Mailman send out a digest _today_?

I'm not 100% sure, but it probably had to do with the extensive
cleanup I did while attempting to cure some instability.  My postings
about this on Volunteers cover that matter basically, but here's the
part I didn't get around to mentioning:

Given that the OOM killer clobbered cron + all spamd instances,
seemingly sometime Monday or possibly late Sunday, that created a
worst-case scenario where our MTA (mail server, i.e., Exim4) was running
for around 24-48 hours with effectively zero ability to reject spam.
Exim4 got huge, colossal amounts of spam delivered to it.  Because 
lists.svlug.org also features Mailman, it also queued up a vast amount
of that spam for redelivery -- not to mailing list subscribers, but
rather to various Mailman administrative addresses (mostly in held-mail
notices and such).

As I mentioned on Volunteers, I had to purge the outbound Exim4 mail
queue before I could get the machine returned to halfway-normal
operation at all.  What I didn't mention at the time (hadn't yet
noticed) was that Mailman's admin queues for our various mailing lists
were _also_ jammed with (each) hundreds and hundreds of held spam,
something like an order of magnitude more than normal.  It is _likely_
that the traffic jam within Mailman was part of the problem, and part of
why it wasn't able to do normal things like send out digests until I
emptied the queues.

However, there was also one other hidden problem, which had evidently
existed for a long time.  You might recall that SVLUG hosts the mailing
list of a neighbour LUG, Smaug of Santa Cruz.  In the process of
checking out what's wrong, I happened to visit the Smaug mailing list's
settings, and found that the co-listadmin for the Smaug list had
seemingly done some questionable things, including swamping Mailman with
a large number of forged spam-source sending addresses, creating a
roster of them as addresses to discard any future mail from.

Adding throwaway fake addresses to that roster is _always_ a stupid
idea, for two reasons:  1.  Being throwaway forged addresses, they're
not going to be used again anyway.  Typically, the left-side of the
forged address is a largely random string.  2. Each such address you add
to the roster makes Mailman slower and busier -- and it's already a
rather slow Python program.

I suspect that the latter problem may have been the key factor that
delayed Mailman's processing of the digest.

Here is the note that I sent to my co-listadmin:

 Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:16:51 -0800
 From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
 To: peterbe at sonic.net
 Subject: Smaug mailing list settings

Peter --

In reviewing the http://lists.svlug.org/lists/admin/smaug pages, I'm
finding a number of bizarre and extremely ill-advised configuration
settings for the mailing list.  I'm attempting to track them down and
un-do the damage.  Was it you who reconfigured the mailing list without
checking with me, your fellow listadmin?

1.  Mailing list was set to NOT be advertised as an available public
mailing list.  WTF?  Is Smaug _trying_ to be obscure?

2.  Privacy options were set to require new subscribers to not only
confirm their intent to subscribe but also get approval from listadmins.
WTF?  Are we now wanting to vet people's character before they're
allowed to participate?

3.  A whole phenomenally long list of throwaway forged spam-sender 
addresses have been added to the "list of non-member addresses whose
postings will be automatically discarded".  No wonder server
performance has been so dismal!  They were:

quotesdd at dukemfg.com
swe at cec.wustl.edu
gerried at sunysuffolk.edu
0-biometry at alt126.com
quotesd at mcminone.com
sirwilliamwilcox at iprimus.com.au
danteugo at hotmail.fr
uucxmypwrbvx at boggspartners.com
citylinkcourierrdispatchpost at yahoo.com.hk
qup at theplayroom.com.au
itaccountsupport at mail2webmaster.com
quotematchchoice at partiesroars.com
mailer-daemon at server8013x.masterweb.net
twowings at theofficenet.com
quntuqslja6rpsnuaeaaaaa1 at b-quik.com
quphqep at bike2work.com
quotecupnetwork.10a at reply.mb00.net
qenfolgsamuel at imperialviolet.org
quotematch at tripleprogoods.com
dip_george at sify.com
tvlcdsale1 at yahoo.co.nz
quo at ah.com
transactionnotificationservice at gmail.com
john_smith11114 at yahoo.fr
renewal at acm.org
foolishnesse2 at 89store.com
prosecutionsqt at register-mail.com
chlorofluorocarbonsd381 at rouxlaw.com
smaug at sprintpcs.com
adjudicatesrl1 at rc.prod.survey.epocrates.com
thomaskoro8 at msn.com
hamza.abacha at btinternet.com
info at mrskristinewimbledon.com
quotationsukanyasukanya at sang-ah.com
quonxyuwh at a2o-omgeving.be
quoteadvisor at findequal.com
kdutch3 at gmail.com
svanackeren at hetnet.nl
careenhudi5 at recarlson.com
ndulue06 at yahoo.com
quotamanagementcr at sas.akzonobel.com
quozie at optusnet.com.au
jdacanay at uap.edu.ph
info at europhone.gr
smaug at recife.softex.br
titularvj4 at remotereview.com
qunsi at appliedbiosystems.com
willima003636 at att.net
adaptation at acclearning.com
quotes at peachtreelighting.com
davidduffy3 at live.com
info.kumoilgas at time.net.my
quotematchmessage at shoppingwebbuddy.com
josephosyka119 at yahoo.co.id
emancipatorswf0 at submitclassified.com
qunqf at pt.unisys.com
procreatingjl80 at phatbuttlatinas.com
quook at commercehub.com
swimmer1 at regulusgroup.com
cabogados_mb at cable.net.co
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peoriame8 at qualitydieselservice.com
qunsi at infores.com
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pfbrokerlink at gmail.com
hastilyc at garage-roos.com
shaftingc76 at robertheath.com
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quocanle at ifllaw.com
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quotationjinerjiner at youngilco.com
quotes at hooriyah.com
quotedesk at expresscorp.com
farida at efcc.org
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quodling at buyproperties.com
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quntul at telkom.co.za
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scatologicalrxr37 at royboatner.com
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quotes at cmsasset.com.au
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info at pecoproducts.info
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lacey at shegow.com
eurowinners2009 at terra.es
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bprecruiting at bp.com
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hallucinationnw66 at rossittoassoc.com
linguisticsgqy00 at rockofages.com
dannyb at gmail.com
genii908 at prospecttoy.com
microsoft at winninglotto.com
quotes at sunlandinsurance.com
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test at mgellerdiamonds.com
prioriesyi at grcreativexchange.com
quote at slipstream.com
quickvxql653 at rotgerinc.com
tenderhearted5 at eltorogozrestaurant.com
quotation5 at aaker.com
szilard9 at redrobin.com
fractalu at royalissimo.com
info at worldcompanydirectory.com
quotetf3x at reply.mb00.net
quonset at pogo.com
relojeslenox99 at yahoo.com
info at bfm.co.uk
teixeira_henrique at yahoo.com.br
leimgl530 at rosslynchapel.com
crustiesg48 at garethedwardsoptometrist.com
quotationirisyimiris at wilcohk.com
quotes at sheargreen.com
quotes at supdie.com
flattenswp6 at rmw-uk.com
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quotestevesteve at davlec.com
quotmight at ontla.ola.org
jack at dsatecpp.de
quotematchopportunity at greatactive.com
zfvheke at beyondscents.com
sales at pecopromos.com
info at hi5.com
quote at tiresavings.com
sm95344 at gmail.com
quotes at proplate.com
0.shim222 at gatesmcdonald.com
quotese at elegantadventures.com
envios at trienio.net
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borderlinesac1 at racwarranty.com
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winnebago72 at robohand.com
ter.baetens at compaqnet.be
vehiculary7 at rotterdam-online.com
quotthe at kseboa.org
terrorize81 at roeschinc.com
peers at ringsmart.com
jamesjeffery95 at yahoo.com.hk
metaphysicsi52 at resaleweekly.com
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