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Old 12-21-2015, 07:22 AM   #1
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Separate authentication and mail servers using mutt (or pine)


Hi

I thought about placing this in the newbie forum however since I am still a newbie myself however I thought it might get a bit technical

When I login to my school's webmail, I do so on a machine called adfs.xxx.ca. However, my mailbox is not on this machine it is on some microsoft server God knows where. If I want to use a mail client, I can put the microsoft server in my muttrc and access my email fine, however doing this requires me to pass my credentials on to microsoft. I'd rather not do this. Is there someway to configure mutt (I also am familiar with pine) to pass my credentials to the adfs server and then work whatever magic is happening over http?
 
Old 12-22-2015, 08:05 PM   #2
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This sounds like a question best answered by the sysadmins of that system. No one here is going to know enough about its internal workings to do more than theorize.

If you are using your credentials to get the mail, they are likely ending up with the Exchange server in any event, regardless of any intermediate steps. Note that passing them to the Exchange server does not mean passing them to Microsoft. My girlfriend's company uses exchange, and, when she logs in, she's logging into their local exchange server, not to Microsoft.

You might be able to find out more about the exchange server using some basic commands like whois, dig, and traceroute. See the relevant man pages for more.
 
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:59 AM   #3
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I figured as much. I was just hoping that this might be more common than just my situation.

Thanks
 
Old 12-23-2015, 08:40 PM   #4
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Personally, I think you are worrying too much. I no fan of Microsoft's business practices, but, frankly, logging into Facebook or Google is far more inimical to privacy than logging into an Exchange server.
 
Old 02-08-2017, 09:06 AM   #5
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For anyone who stumbles upon this thread I have found a solution.

http://davmail.sourceforge.net/
 
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