Sendmail vs postfix

Lennart Sorensen lsorense-1wCw9BSqJbv44Nm34jS7GywD8/FfD2ys at
Fri Nov 18 13:48:06 UTC 2005

On Fri, Nov 18, 2005 at 12:11:01AM -0500, Kevin Cozens wrote:
> Its interesting that you put Qmail on the bottom of the list in light of 
> the fact you experienced security exploits when using Sendmail. One of the 
> advantages of using Qmail is its atttention to security.

qmail isn't the only program that tries to be secure.

> I can understand it being at #4 if that is due to feelings of how 
> easy/difficult it is to setup and configure compared to Sendmail. There are 
> a number of additional softwares packages available from 
> that will be very helpful in setting up a Qmail system. You will find 
> packages that will let you configure and administer the mail system via a 
> web browser. Users can even administer their own domains. If you add 
> sqwebmail you can allow users to access their e-mail via a web browser.
> The only other minor complication with installing Qmail is due to the 
> bright spark(s) who added dbus to Fedora Core deciding to use a UID/GID 
> which is used by the pre-compiled versions of Qmail. While Qmail predates 
> dbus AFAIK, the dbus creator didn't know about Qmail or the UIDs/GIDs it 
> used. Fortunately it may be easy to change the values used in dbus.

qmail has no business telling the system what userid to map to what
username.  So that minor problem is simply a qmail bug.

Lennart Sorensen
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