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Old 27 Nov 2006, 03:07 AM   #1
DrStrabismus
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pubbox.net - Interesting Free IMAP/SMTP service

I recently found this free email service, which I can't find any mention of here.

http://pubbox.net/

I think it's probably someone's hobby project, and I can't comment on reliability, but it looks pretty good.
  • 1GB IMAP account
  • SMTP server, which relays for any sender address
  • Minimalist Squirrelmail webmail
  • No ads on site or taglines on mail.
  • 100MB FTP storage
  • Very good spam filtering

It's the spam filtering that makes it particularly interesting. It's using a custom two-stage Bayesian filter based on Bogofilter. Anything that gets through Bogofilter, and has image attachements is sent through OCR and is tested again by Bogofilter. It seems to be very effective.
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Old 27 Nov 2006, 03:42 AM   #2
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Very interesting service! I am testing it right now.
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Old 27 Nov 2006, 04:17 AM   #3
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Yes, Interesting. Thanks for the link.
The trainable (via IMAP) spam filter is nice.

Whois info on pubbox.net indicates it's fairly new:
Record last updated on: 2006-10-21 15:53:50
Record expires on: 2007-10-04 11:46:26

edit: Sqwebmail is not Squirrelmail

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Old 27 Nov 2006, 01:41 PM   #4
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Imap seems to work well but I am unable to get smtp to work in Thunderbird. Anyone have any luck.

Pubbox recommends Sylheed Claws but I would rather set my hair on fire. The last time I tried this client it was terrible.
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Old 27 Nov 2006, 05:07 PM   #5
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Yes, Interesting. Thanks for the link.
The trainable (via IMAP) spam filter is nice.

Whois info on pubbox.net indicates it's fairly new:
Record last updated on: 2006-10-21 15:53:50
Record expires on: 2007-10-04 11:46:26

edit: Sqwebmail is not Squirrelmail
In germany as well... no real red flags, but I'll watch from the sidelines.
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Old 27 Nov 2006, 10:36 PM   #6
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Imap seems to work well but I am unable to get smtp to work in Thunderbird. Anyone have any luck.
I initially thought it was not working properly as well. I was trying to use SSL for SMTP on port 465. However SSL is not yet supported for SMTP only for IMAP. Armin, the fellow at pubbox.net, said that this is subject to change in just a few days. So in the meantime it is necessary to use standard port 25 for SMTP which might be a problem for some people as it is blocked by some ISP's.
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Old 27 Nov 2006, 10:40 PM   #7
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My questions to support have been answered promptly, helpfully, and knowledgeably. The owner of the service appears to be a long-time computer professional with UNIX and systems security expertise.
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Old 28 Nov 2006, 01:35 AM   #8
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Thanks nbarr.

Why didn't Pubbox make this plain in their introductory email? They have all this emphasis on security. I will wait a few days to see what happens but I need ssl smtp in my situation.
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Old 28 Nov 2006, 02:20 AM   #9
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I read this on his main page.
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... Users not training the spam filter with ham and spam as described in the antispam document will not get 1024MB. We check our logs regularly for that.

PUBBOX is not just "yet another email gateway", it's a philosophy. It is a growing community of people having an excellent email gateway without annoyances
Maybe some kind person could invite him to join EMD to be a rep for his service. Or maybe he already are active here but keeping a low profile?
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Old 28 Nov 2006, 02:21 AM   #10
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There aren't really any significant security implications. The SMTP authentication uses CRAM-MD5, so your password isn't visable, and SMTP is gong to be relayed onwards without SSL in any case.
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Old 28 Nov 2006, 03:21 AM   #11
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There aren't really any significant security implications. The SMTP authentication uses CRAM-MD5, so your password isn't visable, and SMTP is gong to be relayed onwards without SSL in any case.
My main concern is ssl between me and my email provider's server.

I share a community wireless network where the administrator can view all interactions.
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Old 28 Nov 2006, 03:25 AM   #12
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So in the meantime it is necessary to use standard port 25 for SMTP which might be a problem for some people as it is blocked by some ISP's.
My ISP is blocking port 25, but port 26 works fine with this service.
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Old 28 Nov 2006, 03:34 AM   #13
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My ISP is blocking port 25, but port 26 works fine with this service.
Thanks, good to know.
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Old 28 Nov 2006, 03:39 AM   #14
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Correction: port 26 didn't work. I was using a SMPT of another service...
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Old 28 Nov 2006, 08:12 AM   #15
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IMAP works fine via SSL, but I have not been able to get SMTP to work via my Reqwireless client...

Any suggestions?
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