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June 10th, 2008, 05:29 PM

I've installed the kubuntu-desktop on ubuntu hardy. This automatically installed postfix. I always thought that running a mailserver was a potential security risk and that if you install (K)ubuntu no such services would be running by default. Further more I do not understand what's the use of a mailserver in connection with a desktop. I only need a mailclient (seamonkey in my case) to read my mail.

June 10th, 2008, 06:56 PM

It is not a problem as postfix should be listening on loopback address, you can verify it by running "sudo netstat -pant|grep -i master". Check for entry like this.

tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2448/master

Listening on loopback address means that external machines can't connect to this service and is for internal use only.

Hope this helps

June 10th, 2008, 08:12 PM
Thanks for the answer. It works as you said, so I know the configuration is safe.
Still I'm a little astonished that a mailserver gets installed by default with kubuntu desktop since I would expect a normal desktop user to only need a mail client