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September 16, 2004

Entourage and IMAP-SSL

If you're using Microsoft Entourage and an IMAP-SSL server with a self-signed certificate, you've seen Entourage's fatalistic warning dialog. "Your connection will not be secure," it warns.

This raised an eyebrow for me, as it shouldn't be technologically possible to get an unencrypted connection to an encryption-required server. I sniffed it out this morning to verify whether Entourage or my instincts were right.

Entourage lies. The communications between the IMAP-SSL server and the client are still encrypted, it's just a stupid error dialog (not unlike the way Word displays errors about missing proofing tools if you're missing a font).

Posted by Colin at September 16, 2004 12:08 PM

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