Network Operators Unite Against SORBS

Network Operators Unite Against SORBS

Do you, or have you had problems with SORBS?

Tired of being able to do nothing about it?

Sick of opening a trouble ticket, only to get delisted weeks later?

I am calling on all Network Operators to stand up and stop routing until that time they can commit to making real changes.


This doesn't seem like a network issue. You probably want the mailops
list. Network operators aren't going to stop routing something that
mail operators want. You are going to have to convince mail operators
not to want it.

You *do* realize your beef isn't with SORBS, it's with the mail operators that
are using that as part of their input when deciding whether or not to accept
mail, right? And they'll probably continue using it, because they're not the
ones who feel the pain of being listed incorrectly. That won't change
unless you can make a clear and logical business case of why using SORBS is
counter-productive for *them*. That probably will mean that you have to
demonstrate that your mail (and all the other SORBS false-positives) is worth
more to their organization than the benefits they get from using SORBS (namely,
a reduction in the amount of abusive mail they get). Unfortunately, unless
you're trying to e-mail them a purchase order for an amount that's bigger than
their anti-abuse team's budget, that probably will be a hard case to make.

Further discussion is probably better suited for mailops or spam-l.


You can't post under your real name, this at best a tired rant, and
quite honestly if you did, I think it'd be more likely that your
upstream would stop routing you. Have a nice day!

What sort of changes are you suggesting? Suggesting a block unless they
make undisclosed changes is simply asinine.

I'm no fan of SORBS, but at the end of the day (ignoring the issues like
they had last week) they do what they say they do.

The problem with SORBS is not SORBS itself, but the mail admins that are
stupid enough to use it - or at least stupid enough to use it as a straight
blacklist (as opposed to a scoring blacklist). Start up a campaign against
those if you like - perhaps an RBL of people who are using the SORBS RBL -
but asking people to stop "routing" a DNS domain just because you don't like
their clearly stated listing criteria simply isn't going to fly.


I kinda-sortta feel like many others who have posted here. This is a mail thing, not netops. Grow a pair and post under your own name. Is it even on-topic for NANOG? Etc.

I even started typing a message to the effect of: "even though I don't like SORBS, they should be allowed to publish a list and let others do as they please". But then I realized, that is all this anonymous person is asking. Or at least it could be.

If "iHate SORBS" wants to create a (another?) list of prefixes which should not be routed, and put SORBS on it, he (she?) should be allowed, just as SORBS should be allowed to have a list of mail servers SORBS doesn't like. Then each operator can decide whether to implement a block based on the list or not. Your network, your decision.

Of course, I fully expect no one to implement the block. But that is no reason to deny the ability to create the list.

Now, I feel like quoting Pastor Niemöller so we can end this thread. :slight_smile:


I have followed all the quasi RFC's Mich* Sullivan quotes to get my blocks unlisted,
and after a good 20 hours work over a few weeks, with everything 100% compliant
and all my reverses now with *.static.* and *.colo.* and whatever else (I've tried
multiples), they're still not delisted. I run racks of gear in a colo, not broadband.
Go figure. We hashed it out in a long thread on the list here to no avail.

SORBS doenst do what it says it does, for many there's no way to get off their
list except changing IPs.

As much as you guys hate the noise here, I see other noises that I tolerate on
the list for everyone's mutual eventual benefit. Im SURE someone could 'contact
a yahoo network admin' in some other fashion than Nanog, Nanog is just the easiest
way at that point to get ahold of someone. Talking about SORBS on Nanog is
in the same boat at times. I'd tolerate it until the issue is fixed.


Not to mention it's bad enough with congress trying to pass laws to make us network operators police the Internet, I don't need to police SORBS on top of it!

Really the best thing to do is to just leave SORBS alone.

The more idiotic bans they put into place with demands for "$50 per IP
per incident", the less trustworthy of an RBL they become.

Most large network operations will end up ignoring them, or if they do
use the data from their RBL, they will take it at a far lower metric
in their overall anti-spam equasion.