Monitoring Qmail in Freebsd

I needed a way to monitor qmail on my Freebsd server. In particular I wanted to shut down qmail if ”too many mails” were sent in a specified timeframe. I previously had a problem when one of my websites began to act as a spam proxy due to a ”bug” in php mail function that enables mail injection. I could not google a solution and had to write my own script.

The approach is fairly simple. The qmail-send log folder ( /var/log/qmail/qmail-send/) contains information about all recently sent emails. My script checks one of these log-files too see if it contains the current date. If it does, then Qmail has sent ”too many” emails and qmail should be shut down. Depending on which log file that is checked and how many records you have in each log file you could determine how many emails that are ”too many” for your qmail server. It is simply a matter of tuning the script by changing ”head -n NUMBER”.

Which action to take when qmail runs wild is up to you. On my server I notify myself by sending a sms to my phone and a simple mail. The script is as follows:


DATE=”`date +%Y-%m-%d`”
LOGFILE=”`ls -lt /var/log/qmail/qmail-send/@* | awk {’print $9’} | head -n 1`”
MAILDATE=”`cat  $LOGFILE | tai64nlocal | head -c 10`”
QMAILUP=”`svstat /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-send/ | awk {’print $2’}`”

if [ $QMAILUP == ”down” ]
  echo No need for checking – Qmail is not running

echo This date: $DATE
echo Log date: $MAILDATE
if [ $DATE == $MAILDATE ]
  echo Equal dates – Mailing qmail-administrator
  /var/qmail/bin/qmail-inject -h < /scripts/smsqmail
  echo ”Qmail is stopped” | mailx -s ”Qmail alert”
  echo Shutting down qmail in 20 seconds
  sleep 20
  qmailctl stop
  echo Different dates – Everything seems to be okey

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