In the last weeks, I noticed that spam activity was back, including against infra. One of the most used technique was Email Spoofing (aka "forged from address"). That's how I discovered that we never implemented SPF for (while some of the Infra team members had that on their personal SMTP servers).

While SPF itself is "just" a TXT dns record in your zone, you have to think twice before implementing it. And publishing yourself such a policy doesn't mean that your SMTP servers are checking SPF either. There are PROS and CONS to SPF so read first multiple sources/articles to understand how it will impact your server/domain when sending/receiving :


The first thing to consider is how people having an alias can send send their mails : either behind their known MX borders (and included in your SPF) or through alternate SMTP servers relaying (after being authorized of course) through servers listed in your SPF.

One thing to know with SPF is that it breaks plain forwarding and aliases but it's not how you will setup your SPF record, but how originator domain does it : For example if you have sending to itself being an alias to, that will break, as MX for will see that a mail for was 'sent' from and not from an IP listed in their SPF. There are workaround for this though, aka remailing and SRS


So you have a SPF in place and so restrict from where you are sending mails ? Great, but SPF only works if other SMTP servers involved are checking for it, and so you should do the same ! The fun part is that even if you have CentOS 7, and so Postfix 2.10, there is nothing by default that let you verify SPF : as stated on this page :

Note: Postfix already ships with SPF support, in the form of a plug-in policy daemon. This is the preferred integration model, at least until SPF is mandated by standards. 

So for our postfix setup, we decided to use pypolicy-spf : lightweight, easy , written in python. The needed packages are already available in Epel, but we also rebuilt it on CBS. Once installed, configured and integrated with Postfix, you'll start (based on your .conf settings) blocking mail that arrives to your SMTP servers, but from IP/servers not listed in the originator domain SPF policy (if any).

If you have issues with our SPF current policy on, feel free to reach us in #centos-devel on to discuss it.