Subject: Re: "cannot lock mailbox"...
To: matthew green <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: V. M. Haas <email@example.com>
Date: 08/27/1997 19:58:54
> 3) Set yout MTA's and MUA's to 2555, uid bin, gid mail. (sendmail,
> mailx, binmail, etc.)
> this is where this idea totally falls down for me. you think i'm
> going to trust all these programs with gid mail?
> the concept of a single directory for multiple users' mail spools
> _has_ to be given up before you can even dream of having a safe
> and secure local mail delivery system.
"Safe and Secure" is a misnomer with Unix mail under any flavor.
Mail is transmitted in cleartext across the internet. How much
privacy do you think there is _anywhere_ in the process?
The original problem was to handle the permissions problems on the
mail spool directory. I believe the thread has lost sight of that,
and become directed at redesigning the mail process, which is
well beyond the scope of this thread.