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Security tuning

Dovecot is pretty secure out-of-the box. It uses multiple processes and privilege separation to isolate different parts from each others in case a security hole is found from one part.

Some things you can do more:

  • Allocate each user their own UID and GID (see UserIds)

  • Use a separate dovecot-auth user for authentication process (see UserIds)

  • You can chroot authentication and mail processes (see Chrooting)

  • Compiling Dovecot with garbage collection (--with-gc configure option) fixes at least in theory any security holes caused by double free()s. However this hasn't been tested much and there may be problems.

  • There are some security related SSL settings (see SSL/DovecotConfiguration)

  • Set first/last_valid_uid/gid settings to contain only the range actually used by mail processes

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