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TechnologyEvaluation.com: Analysis of Sendmail, Inc.'s Largest Open Source Release in Twenty Years

Mar 02, 2000, 18:58 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by P. Hayes)

"Sendmail, Inc., the provider of the ubiquitous Sendmail® Internet Mail platform for e-communications, applications and services, announced Open Source sendmail 8.10, the largest feature release in the 20 year history of the mail transfer agent (MTA), which routes the vast majority of mail traffic across the Internet...."

"During sendmail 8.10's development, over 5,000 beta users tested the product to reveal any issues and recommend improvements prior to the products final release. Revision 8.10 has improved in three key areas: security, integration and performance. Release 8.10 provides support for multi queuing, which allows mail to be transferred via multiple queues, allowing for a pseudo-form of "load balancing". The concept of multiple mail delivery queues allows for a solid message processing performance in sendmail. Release 8.10 also incorporates Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6), which allows support for trillions of hosts."

"Security has been revamped and improved to protect an organization against spam. A new feature called " SMTP Authentication" has been added, which forces a spammer to provide a password prior to relay. DNS Blackhole capabilities have been configured to block mail from known spammers found on the Internet's black list. Release 8.10 includes a relay control mechanism, which identifies and purges large recipient base emails, a common technique among spammers."

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