How To Install ASSP On Linux System Without Cpanel?

May 28, 2008

How to install ASSP on linux system without cpanel.

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I followed the tutorial provided here for installing ASSP but am running into a small problem with exim failing on my vps. I am using ConfigServers csf and lfd and didn't know if there was more modifications needed for ASSP.

my exim panic log shows this:

2007-03-12 00:19:39 socket bind() to port 125 for address failed:
Address already in use: daemon abandoned

I think that it may have to be my exim.conf or assp.cfg, but both read the same.

local_interfaces =


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What is ASSP? ASSP is an Anti-Spam SMTP Proxy . The homepage can be found here. ASSP is a lightweight daemon that can filter mail based on various things such as SPF, RBLs, Bayesian word lists, as well as blocking email addresses from getting mail, or having mail filtered.

This tutorial will walk you through getting the admin interface for CPanel setup for ASSP. Currently, a paid user interface can be obtained here (note that I am in no way affiliated with, nor have I tried to use this UI, I am just offering the link to those that might find it useful)

Firstly, the setup:
You will need to activate Cpanel PRO ( for your server in order for this to fully work. This activation is currently free. Simply go to the previous mentioned URL and enter your IP address if you have not done so already.
Once you have activated CPanel PRO, go into whm->addon modules and check clamav connector, then click on "save". This will install clamav for you to use
Once you have done THIS, go to whm->service manager and UNcheck spamd (it is no longer necessary with ASSP), and again click on save/submit. Note that this IS optional, however the purpose of ASSP is to defeat spam before it GETS to SpamAssassin.
Once you have done THAT, go into whm -> tweak settings and uncheck SpamAssassin and BoxTrapper mail.

Secondly, the requirements:
ASSP needs certain perl modules established To install these, simply login (as root) to your server, and type the following

/scripts/perlinstaller --force Compress::Zlib
/scripts/perlinstaller --force Email::Valid
/scripts/perlinstaller --force File::ReadBackwards
/scripts/perlinstaller --force File::Scan::ClamAV
/scripts/perlinstaller --force Mail::SPF::Query
/scripts/realperlinstaller --force Mail::SRS
/scripts/realperlinstaller --force Tie::RDBM
/scripts/realperlinstaller Sys::Syslog
/scripts/perlinstaller --force Net::LDAP
/scripts/perlinstaller --force Time::HiRes
/scripts/perlinstaller --force Tie::DBI
Note that the --force is optional, however it will make sure you've got it installed. Do these one at a time as some of these have configurable options to them.
One more perl module is needed. Since the later versions of Net::DNS are known to cause issues with RBLs, SPFs and the like, it is advised to use 0.57 . This can be obtained by doing the following:

mkdir /usr/local/assp
cd /usr/local/assp
mkdir /usr/local/assp/tmp
cd /usr/local/assp/tmp
wget [url]
tar xzf Net-DNS-0.57.tar.gz
cd Net-DNS-0.57
perl Makefile.PL
make test
make install
Do NOT remove the /usr/local/assp/tmp directory as when you update cpanel, it will try to auto update Net::DNS again, so you will want this intact.

Now, let's get with the program here and install ASSP:

cd /usr/local/assp
wget [url]
unzip -d /usr/local/assp /usr/local/assp/
mv --target-directory=/usr/local/assp /usr/local/assp/ASSP/*
mv --target-directory=/usr/local/assp /usr/local/assp/ASSP/.DS_Store
rm -rf /usr/local/assp/__MACOSX
rm -rf /usr/local/assp/ASSP
rm -f
rm -f Win32-quickstart-guide.txt;rm -f freshclam.bat
cd /usr/local/assp
mkdir pb
cd pb
touch denysmtp.txt
touch exportedextreme.txt
touch pbdb.rbl.db
touch pbdb.white.db
cd /usr/local/assp
mkdir /usr/local/assp/notspam
mkdir /usr/local/assp/spam
mkdir /usr/local/assp/errors
mkdir /usr/local/assp/errors/notspam
cd /usr/local/assp
wget [url]
chmod 755 start
wget [url]
chmod 755 stop
cd /etc/rc.d/init.d
wget [url]
chmod 755 assp
The core of ASSP is now installed. However, the development versions have updated functions to use for users. Of course, this is completely optional, but is recommended completely. This can be done by the following in SSH

cd /usr/local/assp/
mv assp.pl_old
mv spamdb spamdb.old
mkdir Data
mkdir Data/Lists
wget [url]
wget [url]
wget [url]
wget [url]
mv assp.css images
wget [url]
cd Data/Lists
wget [url]
chmod u+x /usr/local/assp/*.pl
Now, let's get it up and running, and configure it, shall we?

cd /usr/local/assp
/etc/init.d/assp start
You'll see ASSP sending out some messages and then doing nothing. This is ok, and it's the expected response. Now, we need to edit some stuff. Hit ctrl-c (cancel) to shut down ASSP
once it's stopped, you'll see the following file in the assp directory - assp.cfg . Edit that with whatever you want for an editor, something like:

nano assp.cfg
You want to change a few options immediately just to get it working
Look for the lines that are something like:

and change them to be:

Then look for the line that is

and change it to

Now, let's change the password just so that we're secure:
look for the line that is

and change that to

Now, let's tell ASSP to setup and accept mail for our domains. Look for the line something like

and change that to be

Almost there, just a couple more changes needed.
Look for the line that is something like

and change that to be

(or another port instead of 125, just REMEMBER the port!)
and one more change
change the line that looks like


Now save and exit the file. If you're using nano/pico, that would be ctrl-x , just make SURE to save the file before you exit!
Now, let's get ASSP fired up again

/etc/init.d/assp start
let's make sure you have assp starting on system boot:

chkconfig --add assp
Let's add a crontab to make sure that ASSP rebuilds the bayesian spam list


crontab -e

10 4 * * * cd /usr/local/assp;/usr/local/assp/
Occasionally, what I've seen is ASSP will get "hung" on certain things and just kill itself. This fix will work for this, and make sure your ASSP installation is running smoothly

Open up another file on the server, my example will be /bin/asspcheck. In this file, add the following contents

DATE=`date "+%m-%d-%y [%k:%M]"`
thispid=`cat $pidof`
if [ ! -d /proc/$thispid ];then
rm -rf $pidof;
/etc/init.d/assp start
echo "$DATE - ASSP - restarted" >> $assplog
echo "$DATE - ASSP - ok" >> $assplog
Now, chmod the file itself

chmod u+x /bin/asspcheck
Now, make sure it's called every 60 seconds. Add this to your root crontab


crontab -e

* * * * * /bin/asspcheck
Now, let's go BACK into WHM and setup the variables needed to get exim to use ASSP
In exim configuration editor, click on "advanced editor"
Clear out EVERYTHING from all of the existing boxes. Keeping these with data can cause ASSP to not function as it should
When you've done that, add the following to the top box:

# assp
local_interfaces =
If you changed this variable to something else

put in the other port, NOT 125, so it would look like

Click on Save
Exim will restart and you now have a working installation of assp

Now, let's go to it and work with it a bit, shall we?
go to [url], enter the user admin and the password you changed nospam4me to. This will get you logged in and you can tweak the settings as you feel necessary.

ASSP is a great and powerful proxy for any mail server, which blocks using RBLS, whitelists, etc. It is advisable to setup the email interface and let your customers know of this so that you can get them to help you in reporting and addressing spam.

Parts of this howto were taken from this page, however much of that data has been found to be outdated as far as downloads from CVS and the like go, and I've added quite a bit of useful information into it as well.

Go through the ASSP configuration VERY carefully, and ONLY change what you're sure of.

Start with the RBLs, increase the list to 5 and max hits to 2 as suggested.

If you notice problems with this or know how it might be better, hey, feel free to post in here and I'll keep it as updated as possible :)

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I tried to understand ASSP by searching in your documentation but nowhere it mentions that when we use a mail client programs. For example:

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Is there a way to know our first 400 or 1000 e-mails are spams in despite to categorize them properly?

How to categorize them on our server when we use Kmail or Outlook to download e-mails from the server?

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