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Old 03-25-2004, 02:29 AM   #1
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If you use secure IMAP, does your password go clear text?

I have access to a secure IMAP server, and as a test I setup KMail to connect. I used the 'check what this server supports' button and it came back as supporting SSL but only with clear text passwords.

So are passwords encrypted within the SSL stream?


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They're sent in the clear, but within the encrypted TLS/SSL session. So the answer is both. If you sniff the connection, you'll just get garbage, though (session layer is encrypted).


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