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Re: sniffing plaintext protocols
From: dfullert () ca ibm com
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 12:36:17 -0400

You might be interested in pop3s (port 995) witch is basically pop3s over
Take a look a stunnel to use your old pop3s server without any

It work perfectly with thunderbird and others.

Danny Fullerton
Spécialiste en Sécurité TI / IT Security Specialist
Contrôles et Sécurité TI / IT Controls and Security
IBM Bromont, Québec , Canada
dfullert at ca.ibm.com

Dotzero <dotzero () gmail com> a écrit sur 2006-08-10 10:24:43 :

On 8/10/06, itsec.info () gmail com <itsec.info () gmail com> wrote:
How about pop3 and smtp? There is no secure alternative beside using
isn't it?

I personally don't use pop and I'm not a big fan of it. One thing you
could do (assuming you control the pop server or are friends with the
admin) is to use pop within an SSH tunnel.

For SMTP there is TLS although that requires both (all in the path)
mail servers to support it.

I guess PGP/GPG are your friends if you want to protect your mail
(some I do and some I don't). That raises the question of whether you
(generically) are trying to protect the session or the actual data
(whatever state it may be....transit or at rest).

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