Testing QMS authentication through GWIA

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  • 12-Jun-2008
  • 30-Sep-2019


GWAVA (Secure Messaging Gateway) 6.5
GWAVA (Secure Messaging Gateway) 7


Users aren't able to log into QMS, how can the QMS (quarantine) authentication with the GroupWise user ID and password be verified?


Telnet will allow a connection through port 25, simulating the qms authentication.  The GroupWise credentials (user ID and password) are passed in base64 so they will have to be converted for this test. 

1. To get a base 64 encoder, Google; base64 encode
      -in this example, james is the GroupWise user id with gwava as the password

2. From a dos prompt, or terminal window;
    * text in "( )" is the decoded base 64 to the left

telnet <ip> 25
ehlo anydomain.com <or helo if esmtp isn't supported>
auth login
334 VXNlcm5hbWU6
334 VXNlcm5hbWU6 (user name)
amFtZXM= (james)
334 UGFzc3dvcmQ6 (password)
Z3dhdmE= (gwava)
235 Authentication successful

3. A successful authentication: 235 Authentication successful
    An unsuccessful authentication: 501  Authentication failed

If the authentication was unsuccessful,  then the GroupWise user id and/or password are incorrect.

NOTE: If getting 550 SSL Required follow this TID.

Additional Information

This article was originally published in the GWAVA knowledgebase as article ID 262