Uncontrolled Email Traffic

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Most MTAs allow you to tune every single aspect of your mail server. Especially when dealing with busy mail servers (around 1 million messages per day) and huge queues (anything less than 10,000 messages shouldn't be a problem on a good configuration), tuning to suit your mail traffic situation is often necessary. Of course, remember that premature tuning is the root of all evils.

If the email load is not correctly tuned, too many requests could make the queue unmanageable, fill up the file systems, or even push excessive load onto the processor; which in the end would cause a denial of service.

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