This documentation is for Dovecot v1.x, see wiki2 for v2.x documentation.

Listening on additional ports

Here's a little trick to get servers to listen on additional ports. This can be used for SMTP as well or any other protocol. However be aware that dovecot makes the insecure assumption that connections from local ip addresses are always "secured", that is, the requirement for TLS for plain text authentication won't be enforced - this obviously also will apply to connections forwarded using socat.

with Linux

This requires netfilter compiled into the kernel or loaded as module and the user-space iptables command:

iptables -v -t nat -A PREROUTING -p tcp -j REDIRECT --dport 109 --to-ports 110

using socat

You can achieve the same result:

socat tcp4-listen:109,setuid=nobody,fork,reuseaddr tcp4-connect:localhost:110,bind=localhost &