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Need my SharePoint alerts to be digitally signed. RRS feed

  • Question

  • We would like for our email alerts coming from SharePoint, maybe Exchange to be digitally signed when sent!  This kind of rolls over to all our other products that send alerts / notifications as well.  Not sure if this is more of an Exchange function because that is where our relay is setup at or if there is a method to get SharePoint to digitally sign these messages / alerts before sending to the Exchange server.

    Andres
    Monday, April 13, 2009 1:17 PM

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    Hi Andres,

    The email alerts are sent from SharePoint and SharePoint will not sign it automatically.

    Basically, the end users should decide whether to sign a mail or not, as SharePoint is a Server side product, it would not sign the messages automatically.

     

    In my understanding, the digital signature is used for giving the receiver reason to believe the message was sent by the claimed sender with the messages sent through an insecure channel.

    In SharePoint architecture, alert is sent from SharePoint Server to Exchange Server via SMTP. The channel usually locate a intranet and should be trusted.

    So, could you please share more background information to us, so that we can understand why digital signature is essential for your scenario?

     

    If you are familiar with programming, you could refer to KB 948321 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948321) to create a custom e-mail alert handler and sign the alert via programming.

     

    Hope the information can be helpful and let me know if you need further assistance.

    -lambert


    Lambert Qin | Microsoft Online Support Engineer
    How to ask a question in the forum (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375)
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    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 8:16 AM

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  • I would imagine that it's a function of your e-mail system.

    As far as I know there is no digital signing function built-in to either WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007.
    WSS FAQ sites: WSS 2.0: http://wssv2faq.mindsharp.com WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007: http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com
    Total list of WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 Books (including foreign language titles) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/Lists/v3%20WSS%20FAQ/V%20Books.aspx
    Monday, April 13, 2009 1:28 PM
  • I am starting to see that, do you have any ideas Mike on how to get this to functionality?  Posted on the Exchange side as well to see if they can give me an answer also!

    Thanks!
    Andres
    Monday, April 13, 2009 1:34 PM
  •  

    Hi Andres,

    The email alerts are sent from SharePoint and SharePoint will not sign it automatically.

    Basically, the end users should decide whether to sign a mail or not, as SharePoint is a Server side product, it would not sign the messages automatically.

     

    In my understanding, the digital signature is used for giving the receiver reason to believe the message was sent by the claimed sender with the messages sent through an insecure channel.

    In SharePoint architecture, alert is sent from SharePoint Server to Exchange Server via SMTP. The channel usually locate a intranet and should be trusted.

    So, could you please share more background information to us, so that we can understand why digital signature is essential for your scenario?

     

    If you are familiar with programming, you could refer to KB 948321 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948321) to create a custom e-mail alert handler and sign the alert via programming.

     

    Hope the information can be helpful and let me know if you need further assistance.

    -lambert


    Lambert Qin | Microsoft Online Support Engineer
    How to ask a question in the forum (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375)
    Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 8:16 AM