Can I use SSL on port 119 for nntp

Julien ÉLIE julien at
Tue Jun 22 19:18:48 UTC 2010

Hi Darren,

> Is it possible to use SSL on port 119 between two news servers.  The
> servers synchronize groups an articles between themselves.  I was trying
> to see in the docs if there is a way to configure nntps, but didn't see
> anything.  We currently use tls/ssl on the nnrpd connection, but that
> only covers the readers.  We are currently using IPSec to encrypt
> traffic over 119 between servers, but we were wondering if there is
> another way to do this using just SSL like nnrpd.

Unfortunately, innd supports neither the STARTTLS command, nor the "-S"
flag like nnrpd for an initial encrypted connection.
The usual way is to use stunnel.

Julien ÉLIE

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