Tenfourbird

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08 Jun, 2020 09:15 PM

Hey I thought you might want to mention the Tenfourbird email app somewhere on your site for us legacy users since it purportedly uses some of TFF's security features to keep it up to date. I started using it a few months ago after many years of using an old "Eudora"-like email app called SweetMail which lacks many of Tenfourbird's features. I had to do some digging to find Tenfourbird but it can be googled. Just a suggestion.

  1. 1 Posted by Ken on 12 Jun, 2020 06:49 AM

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    Looks dead, last update 2015.... is there some newer site where it lives on?

  2. 2 Posted by super70s on 12 Jun, 2020 12:50 PM

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    The one I'm using is "Tenfourbird 38.9.0 for PowerPC 7450" with a 7/14/16 creation date. Is that the one you found? Unfortunately I didn't bookmark where I found it. I was under the impression it could automatically use the latest security from TFF even if it is a few years old.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 12 Jun, 2020 02:46 PM

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    Unfortunately, no, it can't. One of the good and bad things about Mozilla-based apps is that they are self-contained. This allows TenFourFox to have updated security without affecting the rest of the system or requiring installing additional components, but it's bad in that no other applications, even other Mozilla-based ones, will benefit from them.

  4. 4 Posted by super70s on 12 Jun, 2020 03:13 PM

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    I see. Well I'm still going to keep on using it because it's surely at least as secure and with more features than any other email app that will run on a PowerPC running Tiger (that old SweetMail app I was using won't even display HTML-based pages).

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 12 Jun, 2020 03:28 PM

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    You're definitely right about that. For Leopard, installing Leopard WebKit will improve the security of Apple Mail, but there is no equivalent for Tiger, so Tenfourbird is certainly better than doing nothing. You should make sure you turn off JavaScript in mail messages, though, as this will greatly reduce the attack surface for cross-platform and drive-by information leakage vulnerabilities, which are the major concern on our systems.

  6. 6 Posted by super70s on 12 Jun, 2020 03:42 PM

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    I'll do that, appreciate the tip.

  7. 7 Posted by Ken on 12 Jun, 2020 04:10 PM

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    Riccardo has GNUMail working quite well http://wiki.gnustep.org/index.php/GNUMail.

    I haven't really dived in on it, but I was looking for some time to bring it into MacPorts.

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