This documentation is for Dovecot v2.x, see wiki1 for v1.x documentation.


Authentication is split into four parts:

  1. Authentication mechanisms

  2. Password schemes

  3. Password databases

  4. User databases

See also authentication penalty handling for IP addresses. See also authentication policy support for making policy based decisions.

Authentication mechanisms vs. password schemes

Authentication mechanisms and password schemes are often confused, because they have somewhat similar values. For example there is a PLAIN auth mechanism and PLAIN password scheme. But they mean completely different things.

Authentication (last edited 2016-06-28 08:28:55 by AkiTuomi)