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Old 01-16-2005, 10:13 AM   #1
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Thunderbird Guessing Email?

Is it normal for thunderbird to allow you to download your email if your password is one letter off? I noticed it when I mistyped my password yet it still worked, so the next time I purposely typed slowly, missing the last letter. It worked. So the third time, I added on an extra letter and it worked.

Is this the Mozilla Team's fault or should I be yelling at my ISP?

And if it is thunderbird's fault, how do i shut this feature off.

Also, how do i make it so u have to type in my password in order to send an email?
Old 01-16-2005, 10:40 AM   #2
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Your thunderbird, as a mail client, is simply making a request. The server is ultimately responsible for security and access control.

I'm wondering, though, if Thunderbird is using the correct password. Did you have the correct password entered originally? Is Thunderbird set to remember passwords? Check your Thunderbird settings to see what password it has saved (under options, "View Saved passwords" button).

If Thunderbird is, in fact, using the password you provide (which you know happens to be wrong), then I would think your ISPs server is at fault, and is not enforcing authentication, or is improperly authenticating users. In this instance, you may want to contact your ISP and see what they can do to fix the problem.
Old 01-16-2005, 11:00 AM   #3
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There are no saved passwords as far as I can see. I just set up Sylpheed temporarily and used the wrong password for the beginning and it still allowed me to download email! This is definately not Firefox, I'm going to contact my ISP. Anyways, thanks for the help.
Old 01-16-2005, 11:03 AM   #4
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I had once a similar problem with my ISP. The system apparently checked only certain number of letters from the beginning of the password, but if I added too many letters it didn't work, IIRC. They never gave me an explanation to why this was happening. (I no longer use the same ISP.)

If you install Thunderbird to your home directory (and set the permissions correctly), other users can't access it.



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