Email Authentication Plugin Documentation

How it Works

The Email Authentication plugin connects to the specified email server via the POP3 or IMAP protocol and attempts to login to the server. If the login is successful, a positive result is provided to the pGina service.

Typical Setup

A typical (minimal) setup for Email Authentication is to enable the Local Machine plugin in the authentication and gateway stages, and enable the Email Auth plugin in the authentication stage. Within the authentication stage, order the Email Auth plugin before Local Machine.

A Note About Security

If the email server supports SSL, using SSL is strongly recommended to ensure that the login information can not be captured. If SSL is not available, the POP3 protocol will attempt to authenticate using APOP if available to prevent sending the password as plaintext. If APOP is not available, or the IMAP protocol is being used, the password will be sent to the email server as plain text.


The configuration interface for the email authentication plugin is shown below.

Email Authentication Configuration

Each configuration option is described below: