Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Fri Dec 16 02:48:28 PST 2005

"I am able to telnet into the SMTP server on port 25 and have my way
with it"

Why, exactly, is this a security problem?  You do realize, don't you,
that mailservers do not encrypt SMTP mail when they send it to
each other.

I would be more interested, if I were you, in what banners I got by
telnetting into the POP3 and SMTP port.  Those should tell you
what the ISP is using to host e-mail, obviously if it's Microsoft
I'd run in the opposite direction.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: caleb [mailto:destroyingculture at]
>Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 10:44 PM
>To: Ted Mittelstaedt
>Cc: gwen; RW; freebsd-questions at; caleb
>Subject: RE: pine
>Hi everyone,
>            Thanks Gwen and Ted for your feedback. I am using an ADSL
>modem, basically a POTS network terminal. I am thinkng of
>switching ISP's, registering a domain and setting up my own mail server.
>The ISP I am using (according to thier 'technical support')
>does not use
>any encryption with the POP server and I am able to telnet into
>the SMTP
>server on port 25 and have my way with it. I have installed ipgrab so I
>can see for myself the information transmitted on rl0 and tun0. I also
>plan to try thunderbird (*sigh* I have to use X), to see if
>there is any
>difference between it's connection and pine's
>Thanks again,
>P.S - as for hollywood movies, 'Takedown' - enough said :)
>There is no spoon
>No virus found in this incoming message.
>Checked by AVG Free Edition.
>Version: 7.1.371 / Virus Database: 267.13.13/200 - Release
>Date: 12/14/2005

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