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NAME

       poppassd - Password change server for Eudora and NUPOP mail clients

DESCRIPTION

       poppassd  runs  from inetd and listens on TCP port 106 by default.  Its
       sole purpose in life is to engage in short FTP-like conversations  from
       client  applications  and execute (or deny) remote password changes via
       the PAM facilities configured in /etc/pam.d/poppassd.  The conversation
       looks something like this:

              200 poppassd v1.8.4 hello, who are you?
              user adconrad
              200 Your password please.
              pass foo
              200 Your new password please.
              newpass bar
              200 Password changed, thank-you.
              quit
              200 Bye.

       As  can  be  seen  from  the  example  above, unencrypted passwords are
       transmitted over the network.  Because of this, it is recommended  that
       you  use  this  daemon  only  for local loopback password changing (for
       instance, from Perl, Python,  or  PHP  web  applications  on  the  same
       server)  and  block  all  non-local  access  to  port  106,  either via
       tcpwrappers (/etc/hosts.deny) or with appropriate firewall rules.

       If sending unencrypted passwords over the wire doesn’t bug you terribly
       much  (as  in  the case of an ISP with hundreds of POP3 mail accounts),
       this daemon can provide a simple way for some of  your  clients  (those
       running  mail  clients  that  actually support this protocol) to easily
       change their passwords.

FILES

       /etc/pam.d/poppassd
              Contains the PAM configuration  for  poppassd.   By  default  on
              Debian,  it  merely includes the common-auth and common-password
              files, which should work in most cases.  If this doesn’t cut  it
              for your site, tailor to suit.

SEE ALSO

       pam(7), inetd(8), hosts.deny(5)

AUTHOR

       This  manual page was written by Adam Conrad <adconrad@0c3.net> for the
       Debian operating system.