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Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2003 05:45:19 +0000
From: "Hallgrimur H. Gunnarsson" <>
Subject: Re: root mail.


On  0, Craig Hammond <> wrote:
> I have just starting using popa3d.

Welcome to the group :-)

> I'm figuring that you stop popa3d from serving roots mail for security
> reasons.
> The only reason I can think off is to stop stupid admins from sending
> the root password in cleartext over the internet.
> I'm using popa3d for just for an internal email system, so security
> isn't so important.
> It is possible to change it so I can retrieve roots mail. If so, how.

The check is in set_user which is called from do_root_auth after
authentication to drop to the user (pop_root.c). The check is:

if (!pw->pw_uid) return 1;

However, as a principle i'd strongly recommend against doing this
even on an internal email system. The usual way of doing this
is to forward the mail for root, postmaster, etc to a local user
or a remote address.

-- hhg

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