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qmail smtp-auth bug allows open relay
- From: John Brown
- Date: Mon Jul 14 12:35:18 2003
seems that there are installs of the smtp-auth patch
to qmail that accept anything as a user name and password
and thus allow you to connect.
is one URL that talks about this.
There has been an increase is what appears to be qmail based
open-relays over the last 5 days. Each of these servers
pass the normal suite of open-relay tests.
Spammers are scanning for SMTP-AUTH and STARTTLS based
mail servers that may be misconfigured. Then using them
to send out their trash.
Some early docs on setting up qmail based smtp-auth systems
had the config infor incorrect. This leads to /usr/bin/true
being used as the password checker. :(
>From an operational perspective, I suspect we will see more
The basic test (see URL above) should get incorporated into
various open-relay testing scripts.
chagres technologies, inc