smtplib bug with Windows XP

Steve Christensen stnchris at
Tue Jan 25 19:34:57 EST 2005

In article <1106673048.851591.324490 at>, stewart.midwinter at wrote:
> thank Peter, elbert, for the suggestions.  I hadn't thought of using
> telnet to try to connect to the SMTP server.  and when I do try, telnet
> can't connect either, at least on port 25.  On port 110, it has no
> problem.  So, perhaps the IT people have made some configuration
> changes; I'll have a chat with them.  I'm relieved that it's not a
> Python problem, though.

We had similar issues when our systems were upgraded to McAfee VirusScan
8.0. If you're running that locally (on the system trying to connect to
the SMTP server), try disabling the rule in the Access Control dialog
that's labeled 'Prevent mass mailing worms from sending email'


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