[AusNOG] Network Operators Unite Against SORBS

Cole, Patrick Patrick.Cole at transact.com.au
Wed Oct 13 12:43:35 EST 2010


Regarding your last comment; Spamhaus has a great ISP area that allows network operators to ensure their superblocks are excluded from being listing and also in my experience delisting is a painless process unlike SORBS where you are lucky if you get to see the robot who decides your fate based entirely on the format of your reverse/forward DNS formatting and TTL of the records.

Barracuda is also a corporate body and again delisting is a painless process in my experience.

I am not suggesting that there is zero value, however, I think that RBLs that take the same approach as SORBS do more harm than good.



From: ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net [ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net] On Behalf Of Nick Brown [nick at inticon.net.au]
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:58 AM
To: Cole at ausnog.net; Patrick at ausnog.net; ausnog at lists.ausnog.net
Subject: Re: [AusNOG] Network Operators Unite Against SORBS

On 13/10/10 10:59 AM, Cole, Patrick wrote:

Personally,  I'm sick of SORBS wasting my time with their DUHL listings on IP address space that has been re-purposed from dynamic to static.   After six months of logging tickets I finally got all our static blocks delisted a few months ago, and now just in the last week suddenly the whole lot have been listed again, and their website was also broken at the time making delisting impossible.    A week later, customers are still complaining.

The problem is as a network operator the customer feels it is our responsibility to ensure that any IP assignments are free from blacklist tyranny.  It's difficult to do that without any corporate body to apply pressure to.

Agreed, this especially is the case where a end user is not directly responsible for the IP such as in a shared hosting environment. Operators who continue to use realtime blackmail lists such as SORBS don't understand the impact they have on other operators because their customers are blissfully unaware they are not receiving legitimate mail.

Nor do I see any amount of customer education ever changing this.

It's one of the most frustrating things IMO, I would definitely recommend any network operators stop using their service on general principle.  These days I believe spam may have reached the point where things like SORBS have a negligible effect anyway..

This I disagree with, we save a tremendous amount of processing power on our mail gateways by not having to scan junk that is picked up during SMTP time by Spamhaus / Barracuda RBL.




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