Imap login as user using imap administrator credentials?

Patrick Radtke phr2101 at
Tue Mar 14 09:57:44 EST 2006

I don't think most mail clients support proxy authentication like  
imtest  (imtest -a cyrus -u username -t "" -m PLAIN host).

The one exception is pine (I've only tested this with GSSAPI)

To log in as a user

1. be root
2. su username
3. kinit cyrus    (or your admin name)
4. pine

Pine will use the cyrus ticket to authenticate to pine but the  
authorization will be for whatever user you ran pine as.

There may be other ways to do this with pine.

You also might have to stick in some 'kdestroy' to deal with some  
permission issues when trying to get the cyrus ticket.


On Mar 14, 2006, at 9:41 AM, John McMonagle wrote:

> Is it possible  to  login as user using imap administrator  
> credentials?
> With uw-imap can do  userid*adminid for user.
> Looks like imtest can do it.
> One can log in as the imap administrator but it's not quite the  
> same as
> being the user.
> It would be really useful for many things including user support to be
> able to log into any imap client as a user.
> Thanks
> John
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> John McMonagle
> IT Manager
> Advocap Inc.
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