Installing ASSP (Anti-Spam SMTP Proxy) On Ubuntu Server 10.04 / Debian 5.0
This How-To document guides you through installing ASSP (Anti-Spam SMTP Proxy) on an Ubuntu 10.04 (LTS) Server or Debian 5.0 in the simplest way possible. It *may* work on later versions but I have no way of knowing how these instructions will work for you. Installing Ubuntu/Debian is beyond the scope of this document and it is assumed you already have the core Ubuntu/Debian OS with no predefined software collections installed.
Even though these instructions will work on any server/computer, since I am working on VMware virtual machine installations myself, I wanted to focus this How-To with side notes of any extra steps you need to take if you’re using an Ubuntu Minimal Virtual Machine installation. These will be marked “Minimal Virtual Machines Only”. I’ve included notes on installing VMware tools if you’re using VMware.
*** Note: I do not use sudo in this document. Remember to use sudo where appropriate if your account is not a superuser. ***
Install A Minimal Virtual Machine (Optional)
Ubuntu Server’s Minimal Virtual machine installation option is a very small installation of core Ubuntu software that installs only the absolutely necessary packages for it to run on a virtual machine. It is highly recommended to choose this option for an ASSP server since ASSP uses so little resources and disk space. My production ASSP server is installed on a VM with one processor core, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of disk space; it is usually using about 6-11% CPU, half the RAM, and about half the disk space. It is merely a blip on the radar in virtual environment terms but it’s FAST and its spam-stopping capabilities are excellent! This may or may not be your situation but it’s definitely worth to give it a try since I have not found a single disadvantage, just a bunch of advantages.
Just in case you’re wondering how to install an Ubuntu Minimal Virtual Machine. when you boot the install CD, on the first install screen: press F4. select Install a minimal virtual machine. then select Install Ubuntu Server .
If you’re using VMware, you should always install VMware Tools. This is not a guide on how to install Ubuntu or configure it for VMware so I’m not going to go into much detail, but here’s a quick run-down of how to install them:
- Install VMware Tools dependencies:
apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
mount /dev/cdrom /cdrom
tar -xf VMwareTools-3.5.0-238493.tar.gz
Install General Dependencies
To get things started, we need a few packages installed that we will be using throughout the set up process and beyond. We will need ssh since this should be the way you connect to your server. We need the telnet client to perform a few tests. And we need wget and unzip to be able to download and uncompress ASSP and other programs.
apt-get install ssh unzip
Minimal Virtual Machines Only:
apt-get install telnet wget
- Make sure your time zone is set correctly. If it isn’t, run this command and select the correct one:
apt-get install ntp
- Install the postfix package:
apt-get install postfix
cp /etc/postfix/master.cf /etc/postfix/master.cf.orig
Look for this line near the beginning of the file. and replace “smtp” with “125” so it looks like this:
- First, edit your main.cf file:
and add the following line (put in your domain and the ip address of the server you want to send messages to after ASSP has processed them):
Install Clam AntiVirus
- Install ClamAV and the ClamAV Daemon:
apt-get install clamav clamav-daemon
Don’t worry if freshclam reports that ClamAV is outdated. What’s important is that the definition files say ‘up to date’.
- You must reboot now to make sure all the newly installed Ubuntu/Debian software packages boot up cleanly.