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Smf 2.0.1 And 1.1.15 Released

19 September 2011 - 12:56 AM

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Secure Pop Mail Works In Spite Of Firewall Blocking A Connection

19 July 2011 - 06:38 AM

I have Thunderbird configured to retrieve POP mail by connecting to my server's port 995 using SSL/TLS for a secure connection. That's been working fine for a long time.

While experimenting with my new antivirus program's firewall, I put it into "stealth" mode by creating rules to block all inbound TCP/UDP connection attempts initiated by a remote computer.

In the firewall log, I'm now seeing that whenever Thunderbird fetches my mail, my firewall is blocking at least one inbound connection attempt from my website's port 995, addressed to various ports on my PC: 3582, 2609, 2607, 1101, 4963, and others...

However, I'm still able to send and receive email just fine, so it seems like these refused connections are something not essential to the email retrieval process.

Does anyone know what's the purpose of these reverse-direction connections back to my computer?

...and why blocking them doesn't seem to make any difference?

Simple Machines Forum (Smf) 1.1.14 & 2.0 Released

16 June 2011 - 09:38 AM

SMF 1.1.14, a security and compatibility update, has been released.

At the same time, SMF 2.0 has been released as the new officially current SMF version.

Support for 1.1.x is expected to continue for about a year, security updates only.