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pop3test: interactive POP3 test program



pop3test - interactive POP3 test program


pop3test [ -t keyfile ] [ -p port ] [ -m mechanism ]

   [ -a userid ] [ -u userid ] [ -k num ] [ -l num ]

   [ -r realm ] [ -f file ] [ -n num ] [ -s ] [ -c ]

   [ -i ] [ -o option=value ] [ -v ] hostname


pop3test is a utility that allows you to authenticate to a POP3 server and interactively issue commands to it. Once authenticated you may issue any POP3 command by simply typing it in. It is capable of multiple SASL authentication mechanisms and handles encryption layers transparently. This utility is often used for testing the operation of a pop3 server. Also those developing POP3 clients find it useful.


-t keyfile
Enable TLS. keyfile contains the TLS public and private keys. Specify "" to negotiate a TLS encryption layer but not use TLS authentication.
-p port
Port to connect to. If left off this defaults to pop3 as defined in /etc/services.
-m mechanism
Force pop3test to use mechanism for authentication. If not specified the strongest authentication mechanism supported by the server is chosen. Specify user to use the USER/PASS commands or apop to use the APOP command instead of AUTH.
-a userid
Userid to use for authentication; defaults to the current user. This is the userid whose password or credentials will be presented to the server for verification.
-u userid
Userid to use for authorization; defaults to the current user. This is the userid whose identity will be assumed after authentication. NOTE: This is only used with SASL mechanisms that allow proxying (e.g. PLAIN, DIGEST-MD5).
-k num
Minimum protection layer required.
-l num
Maximum protection layer to use (0=none; 1=integrity; etc). For example if you are using the KERBEROS_V4 authentication mechanism specifying 0 will force pop3test to not use any layer and specifying 1 will force it to use the integrity layer. By default the maximum supported protection layer will be used.
-r realm
Specify the realm to use. Certain authentication mechanisms (e.g. DIGEST-MD5) may require one to specify the realm.
-f file
Pipe file into connection after authentication.
-n num
Number of authentication attempts; default = 1. The client will attempt to do SSL/TLS session reuse and/or fast reauth (e.g. DIGEST-MD5), if possible.
Enable POP3 over SSL (pop3s).
Enable challenge prompt callbacks. This will cause the OTP mechanism to ask for the the one-time password instead of the secret pass-phrase (library generates the correct response).
Don't send an initial client response for SASL mechanisms, even if the protocol supports it.
-o option=value
Set the SASL option to value.
Verbose. Print out more information than usual.