All posts for the month December, 2009

Horde webmail stops working in plesk 9

Published December 28, 2009 by Siva

Do the following steps to fix the issue…

1) Disable horde webmail in plesk under email settings

2) Enable the horde webmail

3) run the command ” /usr/local/psa/admin/bin/websrvmng -av ”

4) restart psa & mysql service…..

It works for me…..

Thanks …


Send Mail Postfix through Gmail’s SMTP on a Linux Box

Published December 16, 2009 by Siva

After looking on the internet for awhile I finally found a decent guide on how to setup Gmail SMTP through postifx; however, after following the guide I found that it left parts out or things didn’t work quite the same on a Linux server. This guide is intended to get Gmail’s SMTP set up through postifx on a LTS Ubuntu server quickly and without too much information about other operating systems; although, you could probably adapt the guide to work on other systems.

Google’s Gmail service requires the protocols TLS and SASL2 to be built into Postfix. Luckily this is already done on the Ubuntu LTS Server.

In order to communicate with google we need to have Gmail’s certificate authority and we need to generate our own Certificate Authority (CA).

Step 1: Create a Certificate Authority

Since we will be creating temporary files and will want to delete them later, Change the directory to your home directory so we don’t forget to delete them later and leave what I call “mouse turds” laying around.
cd ~

Create the CA
$ /usr/lib/ssl/misc/ -newca
CA certificate filename (or enter to create)

Making CA certificate …
Generating a 1024 bit RSA private key
writing new private key to ‘./demoCA/private/cakey.pem’
Enter PEM pass phrase: password
Verifying – Enter PEM pass phrase: password
You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated
into your certificate request.
What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN.
There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank
For some fields there will be a default value,
If you enter ‘.’, the field will be left blank.
Country Name (2 letter code) [US]:US
State or Province Name (full name) [New York]:New York
Locality Name (eg, city) []:New York
Organization Name (eg, company) []:Sanborn_Widgets

Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:
Common Name (eg, YOUR name) []:Mark
Email Address []

Please enter the following ‘extra’ attributes
to be sent with your certificate request
A challenge password []:
An optional company name []:
Using configuration from /usr/lib/ssl/openssl.cnf
Enter pass phrase for ./demoCA/private/cakey.pem:
Check that the request matches the signature
Signature ok

Step 2: Create a Server Certificate

Since these values have to match with the CA you just created. You may want to keep that output of what you just did to reference it for the next command. You can do this by opening another console or virtual terminal and switch back and forth between them.

openssl req -new -nodes -subj '/ York/L=New York/' -keyout FOO-key.pem -out FOO-req.pem -days 3650

Step 3: Sign the Certificate

# openssl ca -out FOO-cert.pem -infiles FOO-req.pem
Using configuration from
Enter pass phrase for ./demoCA/private/cakey.pem:
Check that the request matches the signature
Signature ok

Then press y for anything else it asks.

Step 4: Copy the certificates to the Postfix folder

# cp demoCA/cacert.pem FOO-key.pem FOO-cert.pem /etc/postfix
# chmod 644 /etc/postfix/FOO-cert.pem /etc/postfix/cacert.pem
# chmod 400 /etc/postfix/FOO-key.pem

Gmail uses the Thawte Premium Server CA. You need to add this to the end of /etc/postfix/cacert.pem


Alternative Method

If you do not trust me or don’t feel comfortable copying CA certs from me you can get it from and download all of the certs from them. The file is called, ‘ThawtePremiumServerCA_b64.txt’.

The following code would put it in cacert.pem from the ThawtePremiumServerCA_b64.txt

cat ThawtePremiumServerCA_b64.txt >>cacert.pem

If you want to understand how this command works I recommend checking out, Getting Familiar with the Linux Command Line.

Step 5: Add these lines to the bottom of /etc/postfix/

Note: When I first added these lines I had a space in front of the first line which would give me errors when trying to run postfix. The only problem was the error was misleading saying there was something wrong with the line above steering me into the wrong direction and I ended up trouble shooting something that wasn’t broke. So make sure you have copied these lines exactly into the bottom of without and spaces in front of any of the lines.

## TLS Settings
smtp_tls_CAfile = /etc/postfix/cacert.pem
smtp_tls_cert_file = /etc/postfix/FOO-cert.pem
smtp_tls_key_file = /etc/postfix/FOO-key.pem
smtp_tls_session_cache_database = btree:/var/run/smtp_tls_session_cache
smtp_use_tls = yes
smtpd_tls_CAfile = /etc/postfix/cacert.pem
smtpd_tls_cert_file = /etc/postfix/FOO-cert.pem
smtpd_tls_key_file = /etc/postfix/FOO-key.pem
smtpd_tls_received_header = yes
smtpd_tls_session_cache_database = btree:/var/run/smtpd_tls_session_cache
smtpd_use_tls = yes
tls_random_source = dev:/dev/urandom
## SASL Settings
# This is going in to THIS server
smtpd_sasl_auth_enable = no
# We need this
smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtp_sasl_password_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
smtpd_sasl_local_domain = $myhostname
smtp_sasl_security_options = noanonymous
#smtp_sasl_security_options =
smtp_sasl_tls_security_options = noanonymous
smtpd_sasl_application_name = smtpd

Step 7: Create the transport file

# Contents of /etc/postfix/transport
# This sends mail to Gmail smtp:[]:587

Step 8: Create the SASL password

Replace username/password with your actual username and password.

#contents of sasl_passwd

Step 9: Hash the password and transport files

postmap sasl_passwd && postmap transport

Step 10: Restart the postfix server and clean up

Enter the following command as root to restart postfix:
/etc/init.d/postfix restart

Go to your home directory where you made the temporary .pem files in step 1.
cd ~

Clean up the mouse turds! :)
rm FOO-req.pem FOO-cert.pem FOO-key.pem && rm -r demoCA/

Does it work?

Send a test email to yourself, replace username with your actual username. Note this is a test and it only tests to see if it WOULD send. You will not get an email in your Gmail inbox.
sendmail -bv

Check to see if it went
cat /var/log/mail.log | tail

If everything went ok you will see something like this in the log
Oct 1 12:22:04 localhost postfix/smtp[21389]: 671AD676BF: to=,[], delay=3, status=deliverable (delivery via[]: 250 2.1.5 OK)

If it didn’t work out you will see this in the log
Oct 1 12:21:57 localhost postfix/local[21381]: 4E5BA676BF: to=, orig_to=, relay=local, delay=0, status=undeliverable (delivery via local: unknown user: "user")

Alternative Method

After issuing the sendmail command you can check to see if it worked by checking your local email with any email client. I used mutt.

You can also check the email queue with
postqueue -p

And deleting all messages in queue with
postsuper -d ALL

If all goes well you should know have a working outgoing email server through Gmail’s SMTP. Now you can write scripts on your server to alert you of all sorts of things happening on your server.


Configuring Fetchmail for Receving emails from Remote Mailserver

Published December 16, 2009 by Siva

Scenario :

fetching the emails from remote server to local mail server ( i m running post fix server with configured with SMTP routing with my remote server) & forwarding the emails to localuser

You can also forward to many users using /etc/aliases

user1:        user2, user1, user3

In above example user1 mail copy to user2 & 3.

create file in your home directory names as .fetchmailrc with the permission 600

#chmod 600 .fetmailrc

The file content should be ..

# vi .fetmailrc

# without ssl for POP3S
proto pop3
port 995
user “” password “password” ssl
is vis100

# without ssl for POP3
proto pop3
port 110
user “” password “password”
is localuser

proto pop3
port 995
user “” password “objective1947” ssl
is localuser

Add the following line in crontab for scheduling the fetchmail command fto fetch the mails from the remote server in given time period.

crontab -u user -e

*/5 * * * * fetchmail -k -s

Please contact me , if u have any clarification in this regard….