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Sky.com new email stuffs

Just tried setting up sky on a friends android and run into the new Yahoo! mess trying to find IMAP details. -They seem somewhat reticent to publish them, and people are having problems with the published SMTP. So…

It’s pretty easy to find the server addresses, imap.sky.com resolves (and redirects) nicely but SMTP doesn’t. I’ll save the gory details; smtp.tools.sky.com is where we’re poking. I’m also using imap.tools.sky.com for when the original cname fails.

[email protected] ~ $ping imap.sky.com
PING imap-bskyb.mail.am0.yahoodns.net ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from imap-bskyb.mail.vip.ir2.yahoo.com ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=55 time=26.5 ms

As there’s no published IMAP config options, it’s up to us to work them out; nmap is our friend:

[email protected] ~ $ nmap imap.sky.com

Starting Nmap 6.25 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2013-07-17 21:28 BST
Nmap scan report for imap.sky.com (
Host is up (0.046s latency).
Other addresses for imap.sky.com (not scanned):
rDNS record for imap-bskyb.mail.vip.ir2.yahoo.com
Not shown: 997 filtered ports
80/tcp  open  http
143/tcp open  imap
993/tcp open  imaps

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 12.68 seconds

-so, we see options for both secure and insecure IMAP; nice. Lets do SMTP whilst we’re here:

[code][email protected] ~ $ nmap smtp.tools.sky.com

Starting Nmap 6.25 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2013-07-17 21:30 BST
Nmap scan report for smtp.tools.sky.com (
Host is up (0.031s latency).
rDNS record for vcs-s-tools-sky-com.mail.vip.ir2.yahoo.com
Not shown: 991 filtered ports
25/tcp  open   smtp
80/tcp  closed http
110/tcp closed pop3
143/tcp closed imap
443/tcp closed https
465/tcp open   smtps
587/tcp open   submission
993/tcp closed imaps
995/tcp closed pop3s

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 5.98 seconds[code]

Cool, that’s a bit more going on. Massive respect to them for actually respecting the standard and having 587 open. 465 looks promising.

So, here’s what you need to know

username: [email protected]

IMAP: imap.tools.sky.comPort: 993
Security : SSL

SMTP: smtp.tools.sky.com
Port: 465
Security: SSL

pro-tip: lots of mail clients don’t use the [email protected]_domain.com when they try and probe. Also, Thunderbird’s account setup menu makes it looks like it auto-prefixes the imap/pop part of the hostname; it doesn’t.

Also, Yahoo! deserves some credit at the moment…

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