[Dovecot] Common "sasl master" [Was: sendmail with dovecot sasl]

Bill Cole dovecot-20061108 at billmail.scconsult.com
Tue Mar 31 06:04:51 EEST 2009

Mario Pavlov wrote, On 3/28/09 8:36 AM:
> Hi,
> so sendmail can use only cyrus-sasl ?


SASL is only standardized in the network-facing parts: a collection of named 
and specified authentication mechanisms. Cyrus and Dovecot offer extremely 
different interfaces to different sets of back-end services for other 
software to use. Supporting Dovecot SASL in an MTA requires creating a 
completely different interface than is used for Cyrus, and Dovecot does not 
provide all of the functionality that Cyrus does.

> ok, thank you
>   >Mario Pavlov  wrote:
>   >>  I was wondering if I can make sendmail use dovecot's SASL
>   >>  implementation...maybe I should somehow compile it against dovecot's
>   >>  SASL ? My idea is to make sendmail and dovecot authenticate against
>   >>  one central user/password repository. Is this possible ?
>   >>
>   >>  thank you.
>   >>
>   >>  P.S. I want to use virtual users
>   >
>   >Sendmail uses cyrus-sasl (only?).
>   >
>   >You can make cyrus-sasl and dovecot-sasl use "common master"
>   >e.g. LDAP or PAM.
>   >"LDAP centric" approach is a standard recommendation if you plan multi
>   >server mail system with multiple "mailbox servers"/"filtering gateways".
>   >
>   >--
>   >[pl>en: Andrew] Andrzej Adam Filip : anfi at onet.eu
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>   >

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