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Re: SMTP authentication for broadband providers

  • From: Will Yardley
  • Date: Wed Feb 11 15:23:30 2004

On Wed, Feb 11, 2004 at 03:13:30PM -0500, Sean Donelan wrote:
> On Wed, 11 Feb 2004 [email protected] wrote:
> > On Wed, 11 Feb 2004 11:15:20 PST, Dave Crocker said:

> > > what about port 25 blocking that is now done by many access providers?
> > > this makes it impossible for mobile users, coming from those providers,
> > > to access your server and do the auth.

> > Port 587.
> So is it time for ISPs to start blocking port 587 too?

> If the complaints are going back to the IP address anwyay, why shouldn't
> an ISP force it subscribers to go through the ISPs mail servers so it can
> control any messages sent by its subscribers?

My understanding is that in most cases, providers are blocking port 25
outbound to prevent direct to MX spamming from their customers' machines
- not to prevent customers from sending mail through other providers'
mail servers. Unless they're specifically trying to force people to use
their mail servers (which I don't think is usually the case), they don't
need to block port 587.

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