Embedding more Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) Functionalities in Sendmail

Abstract / Excerpt:

As a mail transfer agent, Sendmail performs the customary functions of MTAs. It performs three key mail transport functions. First, it routes mail across the Internet to a gateway of a different network. Second, it relays mail to another MTA on a different subnet within the same network. Lastly, it transfers mail from one host or server to another on the same network subnet. This study aims to enhance Sendmail by embedding other MTAs features. This study implements two features to enhance Sendmail, namely, the sender's privacy utility and the email group list manager.
The protection of privacy is considered as one of the most important concerns on the Internet today. One way to protect one's privacy in email is through assuming an anonymous identity or a pseudonym as a sender of that mail. The rationale behind this is anonymity is touted as the savior of personal freedom necessary to ensure liberty in an era of increasingly sophisticated surveillance.
Email group management is of another concern of any MTA. Dealing with email group list is no small feat. As a manager of a group, the responsibility of maintaining that group is burdensome. A way to properly handle such groups effectively is through employing a mailing list manager.
Aside from the implemented features, the project team includes a conceptual implementation of two other features, modularity and mechanism to block specific users.

Source InstitutionAteneo de Davao University
UnitComputer Science
AuthorsLily Shiel A. Calotes, Carinna Gay G. Labanon, Mary Glen T. Montales
Page Count9
Place of PublicationDavao City
Original Publication DateMarch 1, 2002
Tags Agent, Embedding, Functionalities, Mail Transfer, Sendmail