sendmail user name and password authentication

Jonathan T. Steadman fedoracore at
Sat Jul 24 19:43:11 UTC 2004

On Sat, 2004-07-24 at 13:02, Alexander Dalloz wrote:
> Am Sa, den 24.07.2004 schrieb Jonathan T. Steadman um 18:32:
> > ok then, I went back a step and got rid of STARTTLS, and authentication
> > still does not take place, it works if I on mail client I dont check
> > user name and password required for outgoing, but if i do check it, it
> > does not work, unless of course my password would be different from
> > login ect.  which I can't see the point of that.  This is what my
> Sorry, must be my bad English but I don't understand with that last
> sentence. You say you use a different password than for shell login with
> the same user?
> > file looks like(at the bottom) I did a telnet on myself, and
> > then ehlo localhost, and got 250-AUTH LOGIN PLAIN which is good as far
> > as I can tell from readings I have done.  I did have to change this:
> Seeing the AUTH MECHs offered does not mean anything. You will have to
> go in further an really authenticate. You will have to pass it the
> values base64 encoded. And your mail is still lacking maillog entries
> showing error messages.
> > define(`confAUTH_OPTIONS', `A p')dnl
> > to this:
> > define(`confAUTH_OPTIONS', `A')dnl
> > because when I did a telnet on port 25 with the former i turned up
> > nothing for AUTH.  Anyways am truly sorry for just throwing out my whole
> Yes, if you would read the cf/REAME you would find that the "p"
> parameter for confAUTH_OPTIONS means to only allow PLAIN and LOGIN AUTH
> when the connection is encrypted through TLS.
> > file at you guys, but I tried to narrow it down the first
> > time with out anything wrong found that could be causing AUTH not to be
> > required.  
> Check your /etc/mail/access file for RELAY entries.
> >      I just found out to while writing this, that this file can't be
> > found (/etc/mail/userdb.db) I decided to see if all the files that were
> > specified below actually existed, and this one didnt.  Could this be a
> > problem or is this normal?
> It is no problem.
> [ snipped pretty default file ]
> Alexander

This is the only error I get in my log, when I try to choose
authentication option for smtp...
Jul 24 15:36:34 jonstest sendmail[6450]: i6OJaR3j006450: []
did not issue MAIL/EXPN/VRFY/ETRN during connection to MTA

I am under the impression that it doesn't by default require
authentication but that if you want a certain domain to require
authentication you must specify the domain name in
/etc/mail/relay-domains. After trying this I do not believe that was
correct. As far as the whole password thing from the first email ignore
it, my comments were irrelevant.

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