DMARC module

DMARC is a technology leveraging SPF & DKIM which allows domain owners to publish policies regarding how messages bearing their domain in the RFC5322.From field should be handled (for example to quarantine or reject messages which do not have an aligned DKIM or SPF identifier) and to elect to receive reporting information about such messages (to help them identify abuse and/or misconfiguration and make informed decisions about policy application).

DMARC in rspamd

The default configuration for the DMARC module in rspamd is an empty collection:

dmarc {

This is enough to enable the module and check/apply DMARC policies.

Symbols added by the module are as follows:

  • DMARC_BAD_POLICY: Policy was invalid or multiple policies found in DNS
  • DMARC_NA: Domain in From header has no DMARC policy or From header is missing
  • DMARC_POLICY_ALLOW: Message was authenticated & allowed by DMARC policy
  • DMARC_POLICY_REJECT: Authentication failed- rejection suggested by DMARC policy
  • DMARC_POLICY_QUARANTINE: Authentication failed- quarantine suggested by DMARC policy
  • DMARC_POLICY_SOFTFAIL: Authentication failed- no action suggested by DMARC policy

Rspamd is able to store records in redis which could be used to generate DMARC aggregate reports but there is as of yet no available tool to generate such reports from these. Format of the records stored in redis is as follows:


where spf and dkim results are true or false indicating whether an aligned spf/dkim identifier was found and dmarc_disposition is one of none/quarantine/reject indicating policy applied to the message.

These records are added to a list named $prefix$domain where $domain is the domain which defined policy for the message being reported on and $prefix is the value of the key_prefix setting (or “dmarc_” if this isn’t set).

Keys are inserted to redis servers when a server is selected by hash value from sender’s domain.

To enable storing of report information, reporting must be set to true. Please see the section on reporting in this document for more information.

Actions can be forced for messages based on DMARC disposition as demonstrated in example config below.

dmarc {
	# Enables storing reporting information to redis
	reporting = true;
	# If Redis server is not configured below, settings from redis {} will be used
	#servers = ""; # Servers to use for reads and writes (can be a list)
	# Alternatively set read_servers / write_servers to split reads and writes
	# To set custom prefix for redis keys:
	#key_prefix = "dmarc_";
	# Actions to enforce based on DMARC disposition (empty by default)
	actions = {
		quarantine = "add_header";
		reject = "reject";
        # Ignore "pct" setting for some domains
        # no_sampling_domains = "/etc/rspamd/";


From Rspamd 1.6 experimental support for generation of DMARC reports is provided.

DMARC reporting information is stored in Redis- see here for information about configuring Redis.

For Rspamd to store information to be used for reports, you must set reporting = true in the DMARC module configuration

# /etc/rspamd/local.d/dmarc.conf
reporting = true;

This should be enabled on every machine you want to collect reporting information from.

Sending of reports should only be enabled on single machine. This is done by adding the below settings to the configuration:

# /etc/rspamd/local.d/dmarc.conf
# send_reports MUST be true
send_reports = true;
# report_settings MUST be present
report_settings {
  # The following elements MUST be present
  # organisation name to use for reports
  org_name = "Example";
  # organisation domain
  domain = "";
  # sender address to use for reports
  email = "";
  # The following elements MAY be present
  # sender name to use for reports ("Rspamd" if unset)
  # from_name = "Rspamd";
  # SMTP host to send reports to ("" if unset)
  # smtp = "";
  # TCP port to use for SMTP (25 if unset)
  # smtp_port = 25;
  # HELO to use for SMTP ("rspamd" if unset)
  # helo = "rspamd";
  # Number of retries on temporary errors (2 if unset)
  # retries = 2;
  # Send DMARC reports here instead of domain owners
  # override_address = "";
  # Send DMARC reports here in addition to domain owners
  # additional_address = "";
  # Number of records to request with HSCAN
  # hscan_count = 200

When sending of reports is enabled Rspamd will try to immediately send reports covering the previous day in UTC time; further sends are scheduled to run every 24 hours from this time. The file $DBDIR/dmarc_reports_last_sent tracks the time of the last send between restarts.