Improving the efficiency of spam filtering through cache architecture

Ashok Khanal, Bahman Motlagh, T Kocak

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Blacklists (BLs), also called domain name system-based blackhole list (DNSBLs) are the databases of known internet addresses used by the spammers to send out the spam mails. Mail servers use these lists to filter out the e-mails coming from different spam sources. In contrary, Whitelists (WLs) are the explicit list of senders from whom e-mail can be accepted or delivered. Mail transport agent (MTA) is usually configured to reject, challenge or flag the messages which have been sent from the sources listed on one or more DNSBLs and to allow the messages from the sources listed on the WLs. In this paper, we are demonstrating how the bandwidth (the overall requests and responses that need to go over the network) performance is improved by using local caches for BLs and WLs. The actual sender's IP addresses are extracted from the e-mail log. These are then compared with the list in the local caches to find out if they should be accepted or not, before they are checked against the global DNSBLs by running 'DNSBL queries' (if required). Around three quarters of the e-mail sources have been observed to be filtered locally through caches with this method. Provision of local control over the lists and lower search (filtering) time are the other related benefits
Original languageEnglish
Pages303 - 309
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

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Name of Conference: 15th International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (MASCOTS)
Venue of Conference: Istanbul, Turkey


  • cache
  • blacklist
  • spam
  • whitelist

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