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I've read that there is a commercial version of sendmail that is a year ahead of the open source version. Since this is a unique and interesting approach within the open source movement, I wonder if someone familiar with the project could write about that part of the sendmail story. KellyCoinGuy
--- No, it's the other way around: the open source version is ahead of the commercial version.
is that bit about sendmail X not a bit of POV? It basically accuses the sendmail author of copying another product without much in the way of foundation??
--Hurkummer 13:58, 29 December 2005 (UTC)
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Apache/1.3.37 Server at www.sendmail.org Port 80
That bit about sendmail X is totally off-base. I think that whomever wrote that has never seen other modular mail software that predates Postfix/Vmailer. What about MMDF? Even PMDF on VMS is fairly modularized. This seems to be nothing more than blatent sendmail bashing to me.
-- mosten --
I edited the text to remove the biased info and it was reverted back to what is is now. Somebody really doesn't like sendmail.
Use of Sendmail as an open relay honeypot
In earlier versions of sendmail the program could be used as an open relay honeypot by invoking it with the command line
Sendmail would accept all mail and deliver none (no -q5 or the like.) That's useless or worse for a production email system but if done on a computer with no legitimate email function at all it created a simple way to capture the open relay test messages routinely used by spammers to detect open relays. The operator of the honeypot could periodically examine the mail queue and, if in the mood, cause an open relay test message to be forwarded, as originally desired by the spammer. Soon thereafter, usually, the mail queue would begin filling with a lot of actual spam. One practitioner somewhere in Asia captured and kept from delivery spam to about 750,000 recipients per day (average) over a several months period. Not that many individual spam messages: at that time spammers would send one message to 20 or more different recipients, to be relayed by the open relay being abused.
In later versions using sendmail as a honeypot got a bit more complicated. It may be pointless to even try now (2006) but in any evfent don't try unless you know what you are doing.
Mostly, though, the purpose of this brief note is to explain my alias (get it?) I advocated what I describe above.
Minasbeede 20:23, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
The History and Use section lists "Microsoft SMTP" as the 2nd most popular mail server on the net. I changed it to "Microsoft Exchange Server" even through the source article does not name it specifically.
izohar 08:26, 11 February 2007 (CST)
The latest release appears to be 8.14.0, but this is not mentioned anywhere on the official site except as a "news" blurb. The download page still links 8.13.8 as the latest release, and 8.14.0 was released back in January. VanishingUser 23:38, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
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The logo was removed by a bot. I'm new to this can we put it back? I think most projects free or not (the microsoft page for example) have their logos...why not sendmail? Wubrgamer (talk) —Preceding comment was added at 19:15, 14 May 2008 (UTC)
Sendmail → ? – sendmail the open source mail transfer agent and Sendmail, Inc. the company are related but wholly separate topics. According to Wikipedia's naming guidelines, titles are those that readers are likely to search for. Those searching for the company may only type 'Sendmail' (vs. 'Sendmail, Inc.') and then be taken to the page about sendmail the MTA. Wmoses2 (talk) 18:37, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
Most people looking up sendmail are looking for the MTA not the company. There is a link in the first line of the article to Sendmail, Inc.. Leave the this article as it is. Robert.Harker (talk) 19:09, 24 January 2013 (UTC)