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Extended MAPI-Based Mail Bomber for Testing Wireless Devices in an Exchange Server Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131884D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

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Abstract

Almost all of the commercially available mail bombers use SMTP to send mail. Although this is a viable solution, it cannot be applied in the corporate setting since there are no public SMTP servers to use for testing. The Extended MAPI API provided by Microsoft allows the creation of third-party mail clients. Using this approach, a mail client that behaves like a mail bomber can be created to bombard wireless devices. This tests both the wireless infrastructure and a device's capability to withstand continuous bombardment from within a corporate setting. A tool based on this principle (and further refined to support multi-threading) would allow companies dealing with email to test their device's email limitations. The tool can also be enhanced to support profiling which would allow it to bombard a device based on the behavioural usage pattern of employees using their corporate email servers. The original prototype was created to test mobile devices for continuous email bombardment. This version was later enhanced to support multiple recipients, variable time delays, automatic generation of body text, multiple file attachments and various other features. The next step would be to release a user friendly version that would allow multiple profiles to be executed in parallel simulating a true corporate environment. The principle behind Extended MAPI is that it uses existing Outlook profiles to silently connect to the Exchange Server and send email. This not only solves the stated problem, but also adds an additional layer of security allowing IT to monitor which email accounts are allowed to bombard other email accounts. Although there may be several email clients based on Extended MAPI, there may not be any that take this view point as a means to conduct testing using repeated mailing.

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EXTENDED MAPI MAIL BOMBER

Extended MAPI-Based Mail Bomber for Testing Wireless Devices in an Exchange Server Environment

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Almost all of the commercially available mail bombers use SMTP to send mail. Although this is a viable solution, it cannot be applied in the corporate setting since there are no public SMTP servers to use for testing. The Extended MAPI API provided by Microsoft allows the creation of third-party mail clients. Using this approach, a mail client that behaves like a mail bomber can be created to bombard wireless devices. This tests both the wireless infrastructure and a device's capability to withstand continuous bombardment from within a corporate setting. A tool based on this principle (and further refined to support multi-threading) would allow companies dealing with email to test their device's email limitations. The tool can also be enhanced to support profiling which would allow it to bombard a device based on the behavioural usage pattern of employees using their corporate email servers.

The original prototype was created to test mobile devices for continuous email bombardment. This version was later enhanced to support multiple recipients, variable time delays, automatic generation of body text, multiple file attachments and various other features. The next step would be to release a user friendly version that would allow multiple profiles to be executed in parallel simulating a true corporate environment. The principle behind Ex...