I recently paid a phone bill online for Comcast, and in order to do so I needed to set up a Comcast email account. While browsing through their documentation trying to locate an IMAP server, I ran across this priceless gem:
Error #1 - Port 25. Secure (SSL); no Socket Error: 10053. Error Number 0x800CC0F. This error indicates that your port 25 has been blocked. Comcast has determined that your computer has been infected with a virus and has been used to send out spam, liekly without your knowledge. By closing this port, we've taken steps to protect your computer from being used to send spam. How can I send email again? If you would like to send email through Outlook Express, you can click here to access a simple to use, one-click fix, which will upgrade Outlook Express to send email through alternate port 587.
Your computer has a virus spewing junk to port 25? No problem, simply move your activities somewhere else :p. You would have though maybe links to anti-virus software, since I suppose linking here is probably to complicated for Comcast to handle ;).
Sadly Comcast doesn't support IMAPS:
William_(Tue Sep 02 2008 11:03:01 GMT-0400 (EDT))> I was wondering if there is an IMAPS server Romeo.25655(Tue Sep 02 2008 11:03:39 GMT-0400 (EDT))> William, Comcast supports POP server only. William_(Tue Sep 02 2008 11:03:54 GMT-0400 (EDT))> are there IMAP plans for the future? Romeo.25655(Tue Sep 02 2008 11:04:33 GMT-0400 (EDT))> I am not certain about that, William. William_(Tue Sep 02 2008 11:04:52 GMT-0400 (EDT))> Is there someone else I should ask? Romeo.25655(Tue Sep 02 2008 11:06:25 GMT-0400 (EDT))> At this time, the only server that we sure for our email is POP. There is no plans to use IMAP.
After some googling about, I found out how to setup Mutt to not delete messages it downloads from a POP server, and got Comcast working through Mutt. I was uncertain about the encryption, since Mutt fails on its first few authentication attempts, so I tcpdumped the connection with
# tcpdump -A > /tmp/dump
and grepped through the output for my username and password. No
matches, so apparently
pops in the server name is sufficient for
hiding the authentication.
I put the Comcast information in a new file:
$ cat ~/.mutt/comcast # Comcast information # Comcast mail server addresses from # http://www.comcast.com/customers/faq/FaqDetails.ashx?Id=2165 # Ports from # http://www.comcast.com/customers/faq/FaqDetails.ashx?ID=2288 # email server location set spoolfile=pops://<comcast-username>@mail.comcast.net:110/INBOX set folder=pops://<comcast-username>@mail.comcast.net:110/ # gmail does this automatically unset record # use msmtp to send outgoing mail to the mailserver # see ~/.msmtp for configuration set sendmail="/usr/local/bin/msmtp -a gmail" set from="<gmail-username>@gmail.com" set nopop_delete set pop_checkinterval="600"
and added Comcast entries to my main Mutt configuration:
$ cat ~/.muttrc mailboxes imaps://<drexel-username>@imap.mail.drexel.edu imaps://<gmail-username>@firstname.lastname@example.org pops://<comcast-username>@mail.comcast.net … account-hook pops://<comcast-username>@mail.comcast.net \ 'set pop_user=<comcast-username> pop_pass="<comcast-password>"' folder-hook imaps://<comcast-username>@imap.comcast.net 'source ~/.mutt/comcast'