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Re: POP3 password in plaintext?

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: POP3 password in plaintext?
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:54:03 -0400

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    Transparent STARTTLS on demand would seem useless against
    man-in-the-middle attacks.  It's just good against eavesdropping on
    unintercepted traffic.  And you don't even need to be true
    man-in-the-middle: you just need to be faster answering the STARTTLS

Are other protocols for fetching mail better
in security?

David Caldwell <address@hidden> wrote:

    Modern POP/IMAP clients tend to have a checkbox or a setting to require
    SSL/TLS when connecting. If the protocol doesn't start TLS (and isn't
    connected to an SSL port) then it is considered a connection error. This
    setting is configured up-front, at the same time that the user
    configures the server name and port. In this day and age it might make
    sense to have such a checkbox default to "on".

That makes sense -- if STARTTLS in POP3 is fundamentally adequate.
But if Kastrup is right, that isn't so.

Dr Richard Stallman
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