Questions about authentication

Will Prater lists-wp at
Wed Jan 7 17:50:26 EST 2004

On Jan 7, 2004, at 7:51 AM, Josh Endries wrote:

> I planned on using MySQL to define the accounts and passwords (and 
> basically everything). This is pretty easy with Postfix, but after 
> running into actual delivery issues (mailbox doesn't exist), I'm not 
> sure if I can do this the way I hoped. It could be I just don't 
> understand something. We host email for dozens of virtual hosts, so 
> I've been looking at Cyrus 2.2 also, and will start testing that soon 
> for the vhosting capabilities. Woohoo! :)
> Basically I'm wondering if I can have Cyrus look to the MySQL server 
> for authorization. I know Cyrus looks to SASL, which in turn looks to 
> MySQL (through auxprop), for authentication, and I originally thought 
> I could do this with authorization also. I thought I read somewhere 
> Cyrus IMAP didn't need UNIX accounts to exist, but there may have been 
> a "with Kerberos" part in there, or something similar, that I didn't 
> notice. I actually don't think I let the difference between the two 
> auth's sink in enough at first. Now it looks like I still need a UNIX 
> account for each user, which cramps the virtual host setup (I don't 
> like the whole "user0014" method, but if I have no alternative...). Or 
> maybe I should look into using LDAP or Kerberos, hmmmm.

I am currently using this solution:

  Although I am in the midst of hacking some more features into, it 
works as expected.


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