Quoting pain (email@example.com):
> I need to add smtp-auth capabilities to a postfix MTA. The postifix
> documentation talks about sasl to do this. Is this method secure?
> Exist other (better or more secure) alternatives?
The SMTP-AUTH service is part of the ESMTP extension, which in turn is a
profile of the SASL authentication mechanism. So, they're not separable.
Please see: http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc2554.html
Postfix incorporated SMTP-AUTH in 2000, using the Cyrus SASL library.
(In Debian, this is in package postfix-tls or postfix-snap-tls.)
(None of the above is from personal experience; I'm just reading docs.)
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