Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 483779
RFE: getmail lacks dæmon mode
Last modified: 2009-02-04 11:00:16 EST
The getmail faq suggests running getmail from cron, as if this is a suitable substitute for fetchmail's dæmon mode. It's not -- you can't run it from cron without storing the password somewhere on disk, while fetchmail in dæmon mode can be given the password once at startup and store it only in memory.
If I could authenticate to an Exchange IMAP server using Kerberos, that would be an even better alternative.
This is user misconception about security; it was discussed thoroughly on the
getmail mailing list a long time ago.
Essentially, the user who filed this one thinks that it's somehow more secure
to have your mail password in memory instead of on disk between retrievals of
mail. That however is wrong; it's exactly as secure one way or the other.
All you need to do to be as secure as you can be is ensure your getmail rc
file isn't group or world readable; then no one can steal your mail password
out of your rc file. If an attacker has root privileges or steals your
identity, they can retrieve your mail password from disk or from memory
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