When we send an email through our Postfix mail server, by default, Postfix adds
Received: header with the IP address of the computer where the email is
sent from. We may want to hide this information to the email recipient's and
the intermediate SMTP servers so the sender can not be tracked.
header_checks(5) to inspect the email's content and
manipulate it. The Postfix parameter that we want to set is
smtp_header_checks so the header removal only occurs in outgoing email,
preserving all the
Received: headers on the mail we receive at our SMTP.
Attention: it means that mail that doesn't leave our SMTP (ie: mails that
are sent from one account to another one at our same server) have no filtering
applied and all their headers will stay. The recipient will see our origin
IP. Should have a look at it to solve it.
EDIT: it has been updated because the original code stripped out ALL the
Received: headers. Now more specific filter has been added so only the
first one (the one with
Authenticated sender in it) is deleted.
The Postfix configuration for this behavior is the following:
... smtp_header_checks = pcre:/etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks ...
/^Received: .*Authenticated sender.*/m IGNORE /^X-Originating-IP:/ IGNORE
The second line (
X-Originating-IP) is there to make sure that this header
doesn't go out of our SMTP if the MUA sets it.
After editing both files, just do a
and reload Postfix.
You'll probably need to install
postfix-pcre package (at least in Debian) to
provide PCRE support to Postfix.
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