E-mail system providing filtering methodology on a per-domain basis

  • US 7,146,402 B2
  • Filed: 08/31/2001
  • Issued: 12/05/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/31/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. In an electronic mail (e-mail) system, a method for processing an incoming e-mail message that is being received from another domain, the method comprising:

  • receiving at a first process a request from a particular domain to establish a new connection for transmitting a particular e-mail message to the e-mail system;

    in response to receipt of said request from the particular domain, creating a second process for handling the request to establish a new connection, said second process being connected to a flow control filter providing filtering on a per-domain basis;

    comparing the request from the particular domain against configurable policy rules; and

    denying the request if any of said policy rules would be violated.

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