Issue with exim and auth protocol

Gedalya gedalya at
Wed Jul 30 21:32:49 UTC 2014

Could it be related to something in your dovecot configuration (which 
you didn't post)?
Despite the fact that an interesting conversation is developing in the 
exim bug report, this setup does usually work, including on one of your 
servers as you have indicated. On my end, I never had issues between 
dovecot 2.1.7 and 2.2.13, using the exact same authenticator config in exim.

On 07/30/2014 04:18 PM, Mildred Ki'Lya wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm trying to set up exim (4.83) as a submission server, and need to set
> up the dovecot authentication in exim. I'm having an issue with that
> (documented at <>)
> The problem is that exim doesn't follow the handshake as described here:
> <>. The wiki page says that
> the client should start the handshake, but exim waits for the server to
> start and to receive the DONE command until it starts its own handshake.
> What I actually get is:
>      exim connects to dovecot auth
>      dovecot    VERSION    1    1
>      dovecot    SPID    48
> And then, dovecot stops (I presume it waits for the client handshake,
> VERSION and CPID). Exim on its side waits for the DONE. This results in
> the SMTP connection by exim never replying to the AUTH PLAIN command.
> This is exim 4.80 (or 4.83) and dovecot 2.1.7.
> I have another server set up almost exactly the same (but with dovecot
> 2.1.17) where it does work. In that case, dovecot finishes the handshake
> before exim starts its handshake. It results in:
>      exim connects to dovecot auth
>      dovecot    VERSION    1    1
>      dovecot    MECH    PLAIN    plaintext
>      dovecot    SPID    10905
>      dovecot    CUID    1
>      dovecot    COOKIE    d3861d29441f06d962490eab8549fd46
>      dovecot    DONE
>      exim    VERSION    1    0
>      exim    CPID    10619
>      exim    AUTH    1    PLAIN    service=smtp    secured
> rip=    lip=    nologin    resp=<base64
> encoded string>
> I don't understand what could change the dovecot behaviour in that
> regard. Is there a solution that would only require modifying the
> configuration?
> Thank you,
> Mildred

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