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I would like to be able to send mail to remote servers, from scripts running on my VPS via SMTP, but otherwise reject all incoming mail with postfix on Debian squeeze.

(And in general disable any other features for now. I would like to avoid security risks, provided that I have default settings except for the domain name and don't need anything but sending some mails anyway. Another main concern is that I'm currently very short on time.)

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

You can use the inet_interfaces directive in /etc/postfix/ to control what address Postfix listens on for incoming connections. If you set it to the following it will only listen on the loopback interface, which means that connections can only originate from that machine.

inet_interfaces = loopback-only
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That's actually really good if you're only using Postfix for sending out emails. Might not be what you want if you want incoming mail... – Matthias Hryniszak Aug 9 '12 at 20:04
@MatthiasHryniszak Which is what the OP asked for. – mgorven Aug 9 '12 at 20:23
sorry for late accept, I thought I did! thanks again. :) – n611x007 Jun 12 '13 at 21:06

You can disable incoming SMTP by editing, just comment out the smtp and submission services. This will tell postfix not to spawn an smtpd process, which would listen on port 25 (578) for incoming SMTP connections.

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