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provides an alternative service for most mailing lists.c.f. bug 424647
Christopher P. Kern wrote:
> Can anyone tell me what service/application would start sendmail?
Cron would. And your message makes it sounds like
cron/vixie-cron/anacron/etc may have been involved.
If you have a crontab entry that doesn't control output (stderr and
stdout), you could have a large file of output that's been queued by cron.
That could explain the disk activity and an outbound SMTP connection.
Why it's sending mail to that specific address is another story. It sounds
like you're using sendmail, but /usr/sbin/sendmail could be any of several
mailer packages. You need to look at how the mail program is configured.
While it's possible that someone else now owns your box (and you should be
prepared to deal with that), it's also possible--based solely on what I've
read in your message--that this is a simple misconfiguration. Before you
go re-imaging the system, you probably want to analyze what's going on
fully... rebuilding, in my experience, isn't a great strategy for fixing
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