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Intermediate Host List

The Intermediate Host List should consist of IP addresses of your SMTP front-ends and/or secondary MX's (if there are any), so ORF can take these into account when it determines the actual source IP of an email, which will be used for its IP-based tests (e.g., tested against online DNS Blacklist or used for the SPF test).

Setting up the Intermediate Host List correctly is crucial for accurate filtering. The list is available under FilteringIntermediate hosts in the navigation.

The Role of the Intermediate Host List

Before and On Arrival behavior

Before Arrival, ORF will consider the remote peer IP address of the SMTP connection as the sender and use the connecting IP for its IP-based tests. If ORF runs on the perimeter server (receiving emails directly), this is the actual sender IP.

However, if incoming emails are first relayed through several other hosts (perimeter servers, gateways, secondary MX's, etc.) before ORF could test them, the connecting IP address seen at the Before Arrival filtering point will be the last relaying host instead of the actual sender IP.

In this case, such relaying hosts should be added to the Intermediate Host List: ORF will skip Before Arrival tests, and waits for the whole email to arrive. At the On Arrival filtering point, it examines the email header which contains information about the hosts the email was relayed through. It checks the last host first: if it is listed on the Intermediate Host List, it is skipped and ORF checks the next. Checking these so-called delivery hops continues until ORF finds a non-Intermediate Host, which is the original sender IP (and can be used for the IP-based tests at the On Arrival filtering point).

More about ORF's header and delivery path analysis is available in the Header Analysis section.

Intermediate Hosts also affect the filtering point assignments of tests: read our best practices guide to learn more.

Using the Intermediate Host List

Adding, modifying and deleting addresses

Click the New button to add an IP address or IP address range to the list. To modify an existing address definition, click Modify or hit Enter. IP address definitions can be deleted using the Delete button or the Delete key.

Fixed items explained: intranet address ranges

The local host address (127.0.0.1) and Class A (10.0.0.0 - 10.255.255.255), Class B (172.16.0.0 - 172.31.255.255) and C (192.168.0.0 - 192.168.255.255) private intranet address ranges are treated as Intermediate hosts by default: emails sent directly from such addresses are excluded from filtering to avoid accidental blacklisting of internal and outgoing emails.

Incoming emails will never originate from such addresses, only relayed through them to the server with ORF installed. In such scenarios, ORF will check the delivery path of the email in the header and considers the first external (non-intermediate) host as the sender. For more information, see the Header Analysis section.

Due to the above reasons, these intranet addresses are hardcoded and cannot be removed from the configuration.

Sorting the Intermediate Host List

Click the column header of any column by which you wish to sort the list. To reverse sorting, click the column header again.

Exporting and importing the Intermediate Host List

Right-click on the address list and select "Import List..." or "Export List...". Alternatively, you can do this from the menu, select FileImportIntermediate host list... or FileExportIntermediate host list...

Using the IP Address Editor Dialog

See the IP Address Editor Dialog topic.

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