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Name

AuthOptions

Synopsis

AuthOptions provides a list of general tuning parameters that affect authentication. It is declared like this:

O AuthOptions=string               configuration file (V8.10 and later) 
-OAuthOptions=string               configuration file (V8.10 and later) 
define(`confAUTH_OPTIONS', `string') mc configuration (V8.10 and later) 

The argument, of type string, is a list of characters selected from those shown in Table 24-13, where each character sets a particular tuning parameter. If more than one character is listed, each character must be separated from the next by either a comma or a space.

Table 24-13. AuthOptions character settings

Character

Meaning

A

Use the AUTH= parameter from the MAIL FROM: command only when authentication succeeds. This character can be specified as a workaround for broken MTAs that do not correctly implement RFC2554. (Client only)

a

Provide protection from active (nondictionary) attacks during the authentication exchange. (Server only)

c

Allow only selected mechanisms (those that can pass client credentials) to be used with client credentials. (Server only)

d

Don’t permit use of mechanisms that are susceptible to passive dictionary attacks. (Server only)

f

Require forward-secrecy between sessions (where breaking one won’t help break the next). (Server only)

p

Don’t permit mechanisms to be used if they are susceptible to simple passive attack (that is, disallow use of PLAIN and LOGIN), unless a security layer is already active (as, for ...

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