I am getting sick of reporting the same old chinese emails to Spamcop now and would like to make my own small RBL list that I can easily add blocks of IP's to. I have a spare PC and static IP address ready, just looking for some pointers on the best thing to install on it in order to make an RBL server.


  • Added "Spam" to the title for SEO :) – AviD Jan 14 '11 at 12:51

You can do it with a standard dns server, but I have seen rbldnsd which appears to be made for this purpose - the main feature being that it allows you to blacklist sites very easily by adding them to a mysql database.

Found a quick instruction page here.

  • Thanks for this, I'd already found that site and was hoping for something a bit more user friendly as I'm unfamiliar with Linux and wouldn't know where to start for example when it says "Step 6: Edit the /etc/sysconfig/rbldnsd config file". If it's the only solution, I'll have to give it a go – sergeantKK Jan 14 '11 at 11:46
  • Ahhh - I would definitely advise a bit of linux practice. I wouldn't know how to do it on a different platform, but Linux can be a bit baffling until you are used to it. The good thing is that there is an awful lot of documentation and howto guidance on the web, so setting up a linux server with minimal services shouldn't be too complicated. And in terms of editing, you can always use a linux with a GUI (not normally the ideal for a server, but could make your life easier) and then you can just click on the notepad equivalent (eg gedit) – Rory Alsop Jan 14 '11 at 11:50
  • In fact in reading that howto, almost every command is listed there. The only one missing is that edit one, and that may be because people use different editors. For example I would use vi at the command line, but if you want to use that get yourself a list of vi commands: eng.hawaii.edu/Tutor/vi.html – Rory Alsop Jan 14 '11 at 11:52
  • OK I'm going to have a go - you're right about the instructions, it seems pretty straightforward when looked at in more detail. I've always wanted to find out what I can do with Linux and this seems a good oppurtunity to build a test server. (I've just downloaded Ubuntu 10.10 Server Edition and would appreciate any comments before I go ahead with it) – sergeantKK Jan 14 '11 at 13:48
  • Well, you could have a quick look at security.stackexchange.com/q/993/485 - some thoughts on hardening linux, nealmcb's answer is Ubuntu specific. – Rory Alsop Jan 14 '11 at 23:50

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