rbl.orbitrbl.com – Dead

If you’re currently using rbl.orbitrbl.com for spam blocking or filtering, you should probably remove it from your configuration immediately.

Luckily this DNSBL was not widely used, and is not part of a default MDaemon configuration, so most MDaemon administrators will not need to take any action. If you do have MDaemon configured to use it, you’re currently seeing either timeouts or errors, and shortly you will find a majority of inbound mail will be flagged as spam.

Mark Jeftovic of EasyDNS recently posted the following to the mailop mailing list.

As some of you may know, we recently took over ZoneEdit.com and it’s customer base.

We’ve found a domain on the system: rbl.orbitrbl.com which is delegated to zoneedit nameservers, broken (it is not allowed to zone transfer from it’s designated master), unresponsive (account owner is not answering email, has an address in Sri Lanka and no telephone number), is using excessive queries (~ >500M queries per day on a “free dns” domain) and attracting repeated, multiple DDoS attacks.

As such, we will be wildcarding this zone and setting a long TTL fairly soon.

If you’re actually using this RBL in your MTAs, now’s a good time to stop. (this RBL is broken on 5 out of it’s 6 delegated nameservers across 3 separate providers).

I’d like to thank Mark for giving everyone advanced warning.

Another DNSBL lost, NJABL shutdown

Accordnig to NJABL’s website, they’re shutting down effective immediately:

March 1, 2013: NJABL is in the process of being shut down. The DNSBL zones have been emptied. After “the Internet” has had some time to remove NJABL from server configs, the NS’s will be pointed off into unallocated space to hopefully make the shutdown obvious to those who were slower to notice.

If you have NJABL listed in your MDaemon or SecurityGateway configuration, you should probably remove it immediately. MDaemon’s SpamAssassin automatically uses NJABL as well, but as long as you have automatic updates enabled no action is required, SpamAssassin will be disabling NJABL per bug 6913.

To NJABL’s operators: Thanks for all your time and efforts, it was appreciated!

rfc-ignorant.org ceasing operation – Remove from your configuration

Please see http://rfc-ignorant.org/endofanera.php for details.

While I never personally used their services, or found any real value, thanks to RFC-Ignorant for their services over the years.

Users of modern MDaemon releases don’t need to modify SpamAssassin, just ensure that your spam filter updates are enabled and the rules will automatically be disabled as needed.