[Dovecot] Password authentication and character set

Fredrik Grönqvist fredrik.gronqvist at gmail.com
Wed Nov 19 15:16:10 EET 2008

19.11.2008 14:33, Geert Hendrickx wrote:
>> In case someone else is looking for info about this, this workaround
>> works for DB backed accounts, as you mention, but will probably not work
>> with an LDAP (or other) backend.
> Right, it's just a hack that fits your particular setup. :-)
> For a proper solution the IMAP specification would have to be updated to
> allow non-ASCII characters in logins/passwords, and apparantly they _are_
> discussing that.  But even if the IMAP protocol gets updated to allow it,
> this would also impact eg. POP3 and SMTP authentication which in many
> setups use the same passwords.  And of course all IMAP (and other) client
> software (including webmails etc) would have to be adapted, too.
> 	Geert
Yep, that would be the proper solution, and it's good that there is some 
progress towards this, but I'm not holding my breath for this to 
actually happen any time soon.

The need for backwards compatibility will probably make the adoption a 
slow (and possibly painful) transition.

Chears, Fredrik

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