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A comparison of Mail Transfer Agents - Part One

A comparison of Mail Transfer Agents - Part One

Posted Aug 24, 2006 9:47 UTC (Thu) by job (guest, #670)
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qmail may be "ready" in the author's view, but that hasn't stopped the community from developing it further. Apart from the mentioned netqmail, there is also several swap-in components to take care of spam and virus filtering for example. qmail is very modular and it is easy to do this.

There is also qpsmtpd, which technically may be counted as anohter MTA, but which fits in nicely with the rest of qmail and is extremely flexible. It is written in Perl, performance is good enough on modern hardware.

I think you are being unfair to DJB, "wrong" is harsh. Yes, there is a problem, but not with the recommended configuration. He may be smug but the code is excellent. I wish all software was nearly as secure.


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A comparison of Mail Transfer Agents - Part One

Posted Aug 24, 2006 11:42 UTC (Thu) by dark (guest, #8483) [Link]

"Nobody gives gigabytes of memory to each qmail-smtpd process" is a falsifiable statement. If it turns out to be false, will DJB pay out the $500?

A comparison of Mail Transfer Agents - Part One

Posted Sep 5, 2006 13:19 UTC (Tue) by job (guest, #670) [Link]

I think the problem has to be in the default configuration. DJB never
claimed that it was impossible to set up qmail insecurely if you really
wanted to. You can even use it as an open relay if you want.


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