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Re: Why do so few mail providers support Port 587?

  • From: Valdis.Kletnieks
  • Date: Wed Feb 16 12:20:17 2005

On Wed, 16 Feb 2005 01:46:09 PST, Owen DeLong said:
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> Um, you actually have to work somewhat to get sendmail to support
> unauthenticated submission on port 587.  The default configuration
> is that port 25 is unauthenticated (albeit with some restrictions
> on relaying (only for local clients)) and port 587 is authenticated.
> As such, I'm not sure why you seem to think that sendmail on port 587
> is unauthenticated.

Umm.. because the Sendmail 8.13.3 tree has this:

(from cf/README):
If DAEMON_OPTIONS is not used, then the default is

        DAEMON_OPTIONS(`Port=smtp, Name=MTA')
        DAEMON_OPTIONS(`Port=587, Name=MSA, M=E')
from doc/op/

That is, one way to specify a message submission agent (MSA) that
always requires authentication is:
O DaemonPortOptions=Name=MSA, Port=587, M=Ea

Hmm.. no default 'a' to require authentication by default.

That would probably explain why you actually have to work to set it up.

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