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CRM-14814 CRM-8744 breaks on SMTP svrs requiring secure authentication #66

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commented Jun 7, 2014

See forum discussion,21960

The change made for CRM-8744 prevents CiviCRM connecting to a SMTP server unless that server provides authentication in the clear. This is insecure.


  1. The latest version of doesn't include this patch (released 2013-07-05) which tells me it's not an important patch
  2. The source of the patch has gone off-air so we can't see why this patch was made or assess how well it was tested etc
  3. I can demonstrate (in the Forum discussion) that this patch breaks the code
  4. This patch creates a security issue, because it forces people to authenticate SMTP in the clear


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commented Jul 2, 2014

Note, I was able to successfully authenticate over TLS by prefixing the 'SMTP Server' field with 'ssl://' (presumably this is handled Pear:Net_SMTP) though this should really be better documented.


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commented Jul 7, 2014


SSL is a different protocol to TLS. SSL uses port 465 and communications is always encrypted via SSL. TLS uses port 587 and communications starts off in the clear. A properly configured TLS port should only offer one SMTP verb in the clear: STARTTLS.

What the patch for CRM-8744 does is prevent STARTTLS working. One either needs to use SSL or allow authentication in the clear. As SSL is a weaker protocol than TLS neither of these options is palatable.


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commented Jul 8, 2014

Gotcha! You are correct, I was actually using SSL rather than TLS.

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CRM-14814 CRM-8744 breaks on SMTP svrs requiring secure authentication
@totten totten merged commit 50904cb into civicrm:master Dec 2, 2015

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commented Dec 2, 2015

+1. Merged. Feedback on forums was positive, and this PR aligns us better with upstream's code.

It's not clear to me if this will undo whatever benefit/fix was originally provided by CRM-8744 / -- or if post-4935.html was just Really Bad(tm) to begin with. Worst case... it trades one bug for another, but it's no longer our bug... it would be a bug in the upstream library. If that happens, we should either refer the problem upstream or switch to

Aside: It looks like upstream has made some other TLS-related fixes and improved the syntax (boo PHP-4, yay PHP-7), so I might send another PR to upgrade.

totten pushed a commit to totten/civicrm-packages that referenced this pull request Oct 12, 2017
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