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Old 06-05-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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Cant connect to outgoing SMTP server. Tried almost everything.


Ubuntu 10.04
Postfix/Dovecot
IMAPS
SASL
MySQL

MTA is receiving mail just fine. Though when I try to send a message with Thunderbird or MacMail it just hangs and times out.

I am on a business cable connection and my ISP doesn't block the popular ports. I've tried everything I can think of in the router as far as Firewall and routing issues. I've confirmed that port 465 is open and listening for SSL/TLS connections. I've tried every possible combination in the outgoing server settings of TB...

When I switch to my ISP's outgoing smtp settings (port 25) the messages fly out the door. But that essentially means I'm bypassing my server.. Not really what I wanted to do.

Thanks to anyone who can help.
 
Old 06-05-2012, 02:48 PM   #2
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Now it seems that my Mac has figured out how to send through the server. So it is beginning to look like a Thunderbird issue. Still frustrating. One problem is that the Mac doesn't appear to be using a secure login to send.

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Old 06-05-2012, 05:03 PM   #3
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After further testing - I have the same problem with just about every mail client (Mac Mail, Thunderbird, Windoze Live) - essentially - none of them can authenticate over SSL/TLS for outgoing mail. However - all of them work when you try to send an unsecured mail through port 25 (relay).

Thunderbird: Authentication Method: Password, transmitted insecurely - Connection Security: None
Windoze Live Mail: Outgoing Port 25, Server requires authentication, seems to authenticate via plain-text and works with username and password. I selected "This server requires a secure connection (SSL)" over port 25 and the mail went right through without complaint. So who knows. When I switched the port back over to 465 I get the following:
"Your server has unexpectedly terminated the connection. Possible causes for this include server problems, network problems, or a long period of inactivity.

Subject 'this is the result of setting the SSL port to 465'
Server: '**********.com'
Windows Live Mail Error ID: 0x800CCC0F
Protocol: SMTP
Port: 465
Secure(SSL): Yes"


As for Apple Mail - it won't even get by the self-signed cert..
 
Old 06-06-2012, 09:07 AM   #4
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As it turns out - there were many issues that I chipped away at and it boiled down to this:
Using this article as a guide - which is excellent, but leaves a few things out. I managed to get everything up and running - but couldn't connect via port 465. What the guide doesn't tell you (what I only found through searching for the answer) is that you must go and un-comment the following in your /etc/postfix/master.cf. I guess the guide's author assumes you know to do it..

smtps inet n - - - - smtpd
-o smtpd_tls_wrappermode=yes
-o smtpd_sasl_auth_enable=yes
-o smtpd_client_restrictions=permit_sasl_authenticated,reject

I had un-commented the second two lines in the beginning - but not the first.
This in combination with some port forwarding to 465 in the router was the solution to getting all of the other mail clients to connect to the outgoing SMTP server. I still have yet to test the Apple Mail.
 
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As a point of reference, there is also a confusion factor associated with a legacy standard of email using SSL (secure SMTP) on port 465. The modern method is to use encryption on email over port 25. There is also an additional confusion factor associated with SSL/TLS versus STARTTLS.

This Wikipedia article should help clarify some of these issues for you.
 
  


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