That was one of the first things I tried. I'm not new to Linux totally; just this particular distro (Ubuntu; used to use Gentoo) and unfortunately I've never had to troubleshoot sasl issues before.
Any idea what saslauthd is part of (postfix, cyrus, etc.) so I can see about reinstalling it? I'm not in dire straits at the moment since I have a back up VMWare image I've switched over to for now, but I'd like to get this fixed if for no other reason than I'm a tech and it's going to eat at me until I figure it out