Why mail to and from a dynamic DNS Host does not work reliably
No matter what they tell you, mail to and from dynamic DNS Hosts does not
At least without TLS it isn't. Here's how it works with TLS:
Why receiving mail does not work reliably:
- If you register your dynamic IP in a dynamic DNS provider like
dyndns.org, your dyndns.org hostname is assigned your dynamic IP
- If your machine loses the internet connectivity, then the hostname will
still point to your former IP.
- Now somebody else gets your former IP:
- The computer has nothing listening on port 25:
- The computer has a properly setup MTA on port 25:
Your mail will be bounced! This is bad.
- The computer has an open relay MTA on port 25:
Your mail will be relayed by this machine.
- The computer has a blackhole MTA.
Your mail will be lost! This is bad.
Why sending mail does not work reliably:
- Nowadays, many providers don't accept mail from dynamically assigned IP
pools (like your dialup / DSL IP range). This means you must use the
relayhost of your ISP.
© by Ralf Hildebrandt
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This file was last modified 17. Jan 2007 by root