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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 23584] New: - Need an optional SMTP AUTH
Date Fri, 03 Oct 2003 05:19:56 GMT
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Need an optional SMTP AUTH

           Summary: Need an optional SMTP AUTH
           Product: James
           Version: 2.1
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Enhancement
          Priority: Other
         Component: James Core
        AssignedTo: server-dev@james.apache.org
        ReportedBy: junk@bbs.darktech.org


The SMTP server should support "optional SMTP AUTH mode" which acts as follows:

- When client connects, server will prompt for AUTH.
- Even if client failed to properly authentication, SMTP server continues
transaction (but remembers the failure)
- During the rest of the transaction it should be possible to check if the
client is authenticated or not.

Justification:

Say I get an incoming message which gets flaged as SPAM. I always want to inform
the sender of what happened just in case there has been a mistake and he needs
to know I did *not* receive his mail. The problem is that often spammers relay
messages from <my address> to <some remote address> which I bounce as SPAM and
as a result I get 100s of notifications daily that "my" mail bounced.

If optional SMTP auth were implemented I'd configure James to do the following:

- If mail is bounced as SPAM and the FROM address is local and the client is
authenticated, send a notification; otherwise
- Only send a notification if the FROM address is non-local

    Please let me know what you think.

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