[Pkg-exim4-users] Working around bug #402861 (TLS problems with Symbian phones)

Eduardo M KALINOWSKI eduardo at kalinowski.com.br
Mon Jun 9 11:38:57 UTC 2008

Eduardo M KALINOWSKI wrote:
>     Being the owner of a Symbian phone (Nokia N95), I've encountered the
> problem that it can't properly talk TLS with my exim 4.68 server
> (described under bug #402861[1] and elsewhere). I understand this is not
> a problem with exim, not even with libgnutls, and I hope the Symbian
> guys fix the implementation in the phones. Meanwhile, I need ways to
> work around that.
>     It would be nice if there was something that could be changed in the
> phone, but I do not think that is possible, so a work around must be
> made in the server. This page [2] gives some workaround, the most
> interesting being the use of gnutls_priority_set(). So I ask if there is
> a way to change that priority in Debian exim. Avoiding a recompilation,
> that is. Or if there is any other possibility.
> [1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=402861
> [2]
> http://www.gnu.org/software/gnutls/manual/html_node/On-Record-Padding.htm

For the record, what I did to work around the problem (and that really
goes around the problem) was to set-up CRAM-MD5 authentication in the
server, and configure the Symbian client not to use encryption. But at
least it can authenticate the user without plain-text passwords.

Cold hands, no gloves.

eduardo at kalinowski.com.br

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