Can log in via pop3 but not smtp - debian wheezy

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by agrothe, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. agrothe

    agrothe New Member

    I followed this wheezy howto to setup my Debian Wheezy server. I made an alteration in also installing apache2 and configuring nginx to reverse proxy php pages to apache2 and that works great.

    I created an SSL certificate from startssl and followed this guide in setting up my cert. My ISPConfig panel now uses the signed cert so I'm assuming it was installed correctly.

    I created an email is ISPConfig and when I setup the email on my Android Galaxy S2x, I used IMAP, typed in my server address and chose TLS (accept all certs) and it passed the incoming server settings just fine. I chose the same for "outgoing" settings and get this message "Unable to connect to email server to verify your account information. No response from server".

    Mxtoolbox reports:
    Connecting to
    10/31/2013 3:50:41 PM Connection attempt #1 - Unable to connect after 15 seconds. [15.02 sec]
    10/31/2013 3:51:01 PM Connection attempt #2 - Unable to connect after 15 seconds. [15.03 sec]
    MXTB-PWS3v2 35054ms
    maillog reports

    Oct 31 15:40:33 topaz postfix/master[22549]: daemon started -- version 2.9.6, configuration /etc/postfix
    Oct 31 15:45:01 topaz dovecot: imap-login: Disconnected (disconnected before greeting, waited 0 secs): user=<>, rip=, lip=, secured, session=</hEQhg/qQgB/AAAB>
    Oct 31 15:45:01 topaz dovecot: pop3-login: Disconnected (no auth attempts in 0 secs): user=<>, rip=, lip=, secured, session=<308Qhg/q8AB/AAAB>
    Oct 31 15:45:01 topaz postfix/smtpd[22652]: connect from localhost[]
    Oct 31 15:45:01 topaz postfix/smtpd[22652]: lost connection after CONNECT from localhost[]
    Oct 31 15:45:01 topaz postfix/smtpd[22652]: disconnect from localhost[]
    Oct 31 15:45:01 topaz postfix/pickup[22550]: C71A250813D8: uid=0 from=<root>
    Oct 31 15:45:01 topaz postfix/cleanup[22682]: C71A250813D8: message-id=<[email protected]>
    Oct 31 15:45:01 topaz postfix/qmgr[22551]: C71A250813D8: from=<[email protected]***>, size=653, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
    Oct 31 15:45:02 topaz dovecot: imap([email protected]): Disconnected: IMAP session state is inconsistent, please relogin. in=97 out=872
    /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf (partial):

    listen = *,[::]
    protocols = imap pop3
    auth_mechanisms = plain login
    disable_plaintext_auth = no
    log_timestamp = "%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S "
    mail_privileged_group = vmail
    ssl_cert = </etc/postfix/smtpd.cert
    ssl_key = </etc/postfix/smtpd.key
    ## must be re-added after an ISPConfig update!!!
    ssl_ca = < /usr/local/ispconfig/interface/ssl/startssl.chain.class1.server.crt
    /etc/postfix/ (partial):

    # TLS parameters
    smtpd_tls_cert_file = /etc/postfix/smtpd.cert
    smtpd_tls_key_file = /etc/postfix/smtpd.key
    smtpd_use_tls = yes
    smtpd_tls_session_cache_database = btree:${data_directory}/smtpd_scache
    smtp_tls_session_cache_database = btree:${data_directory}/smtp_scache

    topaz:/etc/postfix# hostname
    topaz:/etc/postfix# hostname -f

    topaz:/etc/postfix# telnet localhost 25
    Connected to localhost.
    Escape character is '^]'.
    220 ESMTP Postfix
    C:\Users\andrew>telnet 25
    Connecting To not open connection to the ho
    st, on port 25: Connect failed
    C:\Users\andrew>telnet 587
    Connecting To not open connection to the ho
    st, on port 587: Connect failed
    topaz:/etc/postfix# iptables -nL | grep 587
    ACCEPT     tcp  --              tcp dpt:587
    PAROLE     tcp  --              tcp dpt:587
    Not sure what else to try. Suggestions greatly appreciated.
  2. Quaxth

    Quaxth Member

    If I'm not wrong, the outcome of hostname and hostname -f must be exactly the same, in your case both should be "" without quotes.

    Check the settings in /etc/hosts
  3. agrothe

    agrothe New Member

    I thought that only the -f option need the FQDN. I modified it to have both, did a reboot to ensure it was picked up but still unable to connect via SMTP.

    I have a feeling the port is blocked at some level as I can't telnet to it, but can't figure out where its being blocked.
  4. Quaxth

    Quaxth Member

    May you try to change the SMTP Port to Port 26. Some ISP's blocking Port 25 if not used with their own SMTP Server.
  5. agrothe

    agrothe New Member

    My ISP is most certainly blocking port 25 but I'm using port 587 (TLS) and disconnected my phone from my home wifi as I know my cell phone provider doesn't block port 25.

    Trying port 587 on my laptop doesn't work either, as I thought maybe its just my phone being crazy.
  6. agrothe

    agrothe New Member

    FYI, google just sent a delivery status:

    Technical details of temporary failure:
    The recipient server did not accept our requests to connect. Learn more at
    [(10) []:25: Connection refused]
    [(100) []:25: Connection refused]
    Is it possible a firewall besides iptables is blocking the ports?
  7. Quaxth

    Quaxth Member

    Could be a firewall problem.

    Did in your install Bastille running? Check in ISPConfig CP under the System Tab System -->Firewall. Look that the ports your need are set correctly, if not add them. You could also stop the Bastille Firewall using:
    /etc/init.d/bastille-firewall stop
    If you use any other firewall, also inside your Modem/Router you'll have to check that settings as well.
  8. Quaxth

    Quaxth Member

  9. agrothe

    agrothe New Member

    I stopped bastille, with no luck, I may need to check if the hostname is properly set in all places though, if any setting got just topaz instead of I might have an issue there. I'll check that later and report.
  10. agrothe

    agrothe New Member

    I stopped bastille and tried ufw, then stopped that too but still cannot telnet to 587 at all.
    I can telnet to 22, 110 but not any of the smtp ports, 25, 587,465,443.

    I'm at a loss as to what this could be.
  11. agrothe

    agrothe New Member

    This is weird. What else could be blocking this? Going to check with service provider to see if a hardware firewall is in place somewhere.

    topaz:/home/agrothe# telnet 587
    telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection refused
    topaz:/home/agrothe# telnet localhost 587
    Connected to localhost.
    Escape character is '^]'.
    220 ESMTP Postfix
  12. Quaxth

    Quaxth Member

    Take a look at this picture:


    I checked some of your ports for e-mail, you see the result.

    If connection is refused, didn't mean that the port is closed in your system, could be just in that computer using the IP tested. That seems to be in your case. check other, various ports from which you know they're not used or blocked(closed). Try to set your SMTP to one of that port and adjust the software in server accordingly and than try mail again.

    Sign up to it's free and have some useful tools, like the port check.

    Hope that helps you to solve the problem.
  13. Quaxth

    Quaxth Member

    I had run some more test on your IP, if that is the used IP of your server, and found that nearly all port's are prohibit for to be used on that server. That clearly show's that the server on that IP is heavy protected by some hard- or software device. That's what you've to overcome.

    If that server is in your office/home, check with to set your server on DMZ for testing. That have to be done in Modem/Router, where 1 LAN IP is open for to be set to DMZ and will bypass therefore all limits of security in Modem/Router. DMZ stands for De Militarized Zone or Not ANY Protection. Only use that settings for testing!!

    If the server is located in an Data Center as Dedicated or even (Shared) Hosting Server, you have to contact your service provider. Same applies if your Server is running on VPS!

    Good luck.
  14. agrothe

    agrothe New Member

    This is a dedicated box at a hosting center. The hosting support confirmed no firewall outside of the box and ran this:
    Not shown: 981 closed ports
    21/tcp   open     ftp
    22/tcp   open     ssh
    53/tcp   open     domain
    80/tcp   open     http
    110/tcp  open     pop3
    143/tcp  open     imap
    993/tcp  open     imaps
    995/tcp  open     pop3s
    8000/tcp open     http-alt
    8080/tcp open     http-proxy
    8081/tcp open     blackice-icecap
    Read data files from: /usr/share/nmap
    Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 1.54 seconds

    Apparently the ports are "not open" but I thought setting up postfix/dovecot would open them.
  15. agrothe

    agrothe New Member

    Wondering if the mynetworks parameter needs adjusting?

    alias_maps = hash:/etc/aliases, hash:/var/lib/mailman/data/aliases
    alias_database = hash:/etc/aliases, hash:/var/lib/mailman/data/aliases
    myorigin = /etc/mailname
    mydestination =, localhost, localhost.localdomain
    relayhost =
    mynetworks = [::1]/128
    mailbox_size_limit = 0
    recipient_delimiter = +
    inet_interfaces =
    default_transport = error
    relay_transport = error
  16. agrothe

    agrothe New Member

    fixed by adding IP address here:

    inet_interfaces =,
    and by commenting these lines:

    #default_transport = error
    #relay_transport = error
    Now off to fix the spam issue, but thats another question :D
  17. Quaxth

    Quaxth Member

    Regarding your open port list you didn't have:
    1. Port 25 = SMTP
    2. Port 465 = SMTPS
    3. Port 587 = SMTPS
    4. Port 3306 = MySQL (both tcp and UDP)
    5. Port 53 - DNS (UDP)
    Those are ports which need to be open all times too (SMTP/SMTPS one of them).

    Your first concern should be to get all needed Ports open for working!

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