// Setting up DKIM signing with Postfix on Debian Wheezy

This is a log of my setup for OpenDKIM on Debian Wheezy. Some steps (like setting the proper access rights) might be omitted.

1. Install OpenDKIM

aptitude install opendkim opendkim-tools

On some distros, content of openkim-tools is included in the first package.

2. Generate domain key

cd /etc/postfix
opendkim-genkey -s mail -d
mv mail.private opendkim_mail.private
mv mail.txt opendkim_mail.txt

Publish the TXT record. Use the information in /etc/postfix/opendkim_mail.txt For selector “mail”, the DNS record path will be:

Complete DNS record (in the mail.txt file) will look like:

mail._domainkey IN TXT "v=DKIM1; k=rsa; p=There_will_be_your_public_key_base64_encoded" 

3. Set up the opendkim daemon.

I used a unix socket for communication. On Debian, Postfix is chrooted, so create the socket inside the chroot.

Create the directory for the socket and allow postfix to access it:

mkdir /var/spool/postfix/opendkim
chown opendkim:opendkim /var/spool/postfix/opendkim
adduser postfix opendkim #add postfix user to opendkim group (to gain access to the socket)

Modify /etc/default/opendkim:


Modify /etc/opendkim.conf:

Syslog                  yes      # Log to syslog
UMask                   002      # Allow opendkim group members to access the socket
KeyFile                 /etc/postfix/opendkim_mail.private      
Selector                mail
AutoRestart             Yes
AutoRestartRate         10/1h
Canonicalization        relaxed/relaxed  #canonize headers before signing
Mode                    s                #sign mode only
SubDomains              yes              #allow to sign emails from sub-domains

Restart the opendkim daemon and check the log

4. Set the postfix - /etc/postfix/

milter_default_action = accept
milter_protocol = 2
smtpd_milters = unix:opendkim/opendkim.sock
non_smtpd_milters = unix:opendkim/opendkim.sock

If two last lines already exist (e.g for Amavis), just append the new milter settings to the existing ones

Restart postfix and enjoy.

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