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Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Companion by Joshua Maher, Scott Lowe, Walter Glenn

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SMTP Security

By default, an SMTP server attempts to make a TCP port 25 connection to your Exchange server via an anonymous connection. Anonymous does not mean that a user account set up in your Active Directory proxies the connection request, as is the case with the IIS Anonymous user account, IUSR_<machinename>. In the SMTP world, anonymous means that no user name or password is required for the remote SMTP service to make a port 25 connection. Hence, any SMTP server on the Internet can make, by default, a port 25 connection to your Exchange server.

To make SMTP more secure, you could require either Basic or Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) before the SMTP Virtual Server (VS) could accept an inbound connection. But this configuration isn’t ...

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