How can I stop Postfix from accepting mail to local-users @ my-FQDN from the outside world?

$ hostname -f

Postfix is accepting mail to any-local-user at my-FQDN. So we'll use root@hostname.example.com as the example local user I want to stop receiving mail for from the outside world.

I have a pretty basic Postfix/Dovecot/SASL/LDA setup, but let me share some of the details.

  • Receive mail for virtual local domains/users on :25
  • Virtual users send mail on :587 authenticated via Dovecot SASL

I've tried reversing users in /etc/aliases and Postfix's virtual_alias_maps.cf, but no luck. I've run newaliases and postmap after updating them.

#root: user@example.com

root user@example.com

I think I have FOUR* (updated) choices left...

  1. In postfix/main.cf, mess with mydestination. I'm pretty sure I need to keep my FQDN here, so I don't think removing it is a good option. EDIT: Yes, although removing your FQDN from mydestination disables the outside world from sending mail to local users, this is not the proper way to disable it because that hoses other things.
  2. In postfix/main.cf, is there a setting for smtpd_recipient_restrictions to disable this? I can't find one in the docs.
  3. Hope that someone reads this who knows the right way.

Here is the relevant part of my Postfix main.cf:

myhostname = hostname.example.com
mydomain = example.com
mydestination = $myhostname, localhost.$mydomain, localhost

smtpd_recipient_restrictions =

Here is the relevant part of my Postfix master.cf:

submission inet n       -       -       -       -       smtpd
  -o smtpd_tls_security_level=encrypt
  -o smtpd_sasl_auth_enable=yes
  -o smtpd_sasl_type=dovecot
  -o smtpd_sasl_path=private/auth
  -o smtpd_recipient_restrictions=

P.S. Here is the HowTo I took a lot of my setup from: VirtualUserFlatFilesPostfix


Just remove $myhostname from mydestination and restart postfix

  • thanks, I m not the OP but had the same question, and i m sure your answer, even if short, is the best one !
    – neofutur
    Oct 26 '14 at 19:31

You mention smtp_recipient_restrictions, have you actually tried adding the line check_recipient_access hash:/etc/postfix/recipient_access?

Place it as the first line before reject_unknown_recipient_domain, then in /etc/postfix/recipient_access add the line:

root@hostname.example.com REJECT

(don't forget to postmap /etc/postfix/recipient_access)

BTW, the postmaster address should always be available, but I have never seen an RFC that said that root had to be available, although I haven't read every single RFC that relates to SMTP.

  • I have no doubt that this will work, but there's something else fundamentally wrong with my setup.
    – Jeff
    Jul 8 '13 at 15:25
  • What would that be exactly? You don't want to accept mail @your.fqdn.com ?
    – NickW
    Jul 8 '13 at 15:29
  • I think the problem is my smtpd_recipient_restrictions=...,permit in my main.cf. My understanding of postmaster is that RFC wants it to be available at the localdomain level, not my.fqdn. I could be wrong about that, however. To answer your question, I don't want to receive any mail at my.fqdn.
    – Jeff
    Jul 8 '13 at 15:44
  • Your postmaster address should be available on all domains, as it is the contact for malfunctions/problems, etc. This is one of the RFCs listing the ones that should be available : ietf.org/rfc/rfc2142.txt
    – NickW
    Jul 8 '13 at 15:48
  • RFC 822 lists more info, but this should be of more interest to you: This standard specifies a single, reserved mailbox address (local-part) which is to be valid at each site. the local-part means to the left of the @
    – NickW
    Jul 8 '13 at 15:51

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