Solved: exim4 smarthost error A TLS packet with unexpected length was received

Bug #1007231 reported by Nigel Pegram on 2012-06-01
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gnutls13 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Only started in the last 2-3 days, exim stops delivering mail to smarthost. Logs have error: "A TLS packet with unexpected length was received"

Same symptoms on two servers delivering mail to smarthost. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

Simple solution:

Create file "00_localmacros" in /etc/exim4/conf.d/main

Insert the following two lines into the above file:


As root, run dpkg-reconfigure exim4-config
(you don't need to change anything)

Then it just works.

More info: for me, both servers were using as smarthosts, but from the info on the web, it seems wider than iinet.

Matt Joyce (matt-joyce) wrote :

This workaround also worked for me, also with iinet.
exim4 v4.72-6+squeeze2

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