Cannot login to Horde Webmail (Plesk): Login Failed

PROBLEM:

While Login into Webmail it returns the error: “Login failed”

SOLUTION:

Make sure that it is possible to connect to localhost:143 from the command line using telnet. If you get the error as below:

# telnet localhost 143
localhost/143: Name or service not known

then check /etc/hosts file. It must have permissions -rw-r–r– and contain the record for localhost in the following format:

127.0.0.1       localhost localhost.localdomain

Above is from From Parallels Knowledgebase

If /var/log/psa-horde/psa-horde.log shows something like:

FAILED LOGIN xx.xx.xx.xx to localhost:143[imap/notls] as me@mydomain.co.uk
FAILED LOGIN xx.xx.xx.xx to localhost:143[imap/notls] as me@mydomain.co.uk

I have searched regarding this but unable to find any fix so, I just re-installed the IMAP Service on the server. Following are the steps using which I have re-installed IMAP Server:

1) You can find the RPMS used by Plesk in /root/psa/PSA_version directory OR you can download the Tar (Not Autoinstaller) containing RPMS from Parallels website http://www.parallels.com/en/download/ (need registration it’s free)

2) go to the RPM directory which contains courier Imap RPM’s
#cd [path to the PSA RPM Directory]/dist-rpm-CentOS-4.2-i386/base/

3) Re-install courier-imap-3.0.8-cos4.build81070322.16.i586.rpm and psa-courier-imap-add-8.1.1-cos4.build81070322.16.i586.rpm which will automatically restart the services too

[root@vps base]# pwd
/root/plesk/dist-rpm-CentOS-4.2-i386/base
[root@vps base]# rpm -Uvh courier-imap-3.0.8-cos4.build81070322.16.i586.rpm psa-courier-imap-add-8.1.1-cos4.build81070322.16.i586.rpm –force
Preparing… ########################################### [100%]
Reloading configuration: [ OK ]
1:courier-imap ########################################### [ 50%]
Stopping Courier-IMAP server:
Stopping imap [ OK ]
Stopping imap-ssl [ OK ]
Stopping pop3 [ OK ]
Stopping pop3-ssl [ OK ]

Starting Courier-IMAP server:
Starting imapd [ OK ]
Starting imap-ssl [ OK ]
Starting pop3 [ OK ]
Starting pop3-ssl [ OK ]

2:psa-courier-imap-add ########################################### [100%]
Stopping Courier-IMAP server:
Stopping imap [ OK ]
Stopping imap-ssl [ OK ]
Stopping pop3 [ OK ]
Stopping pop3-ssl [ OK ]

Starting Courier-IMAP server:
Starting imapd [ OK ]
Starting imap-ssl [ OK ]
Starting pop3 [ OK ]
Starting pop3-ssl [ OK ]

[root@vps base]# netstat -nap | grep :143
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:143 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 1657/couriertcpd
[root@vps base]# telnet localhost 143
Trying 127.0.0.1…
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is ‘^]’.

After this I was able to login into Webmail without any problem. I hope this will help other to fix the issue too

About: Mike

Milind Koyande loves to work on new technologies specially virtualization and troubleshoot server problems. I’m an avid photographer and love to spend my free time close to nature, trying to capture its glory on my camera.


5 thoughts on “Cannot login to Horde Webmail (Plesk): Login Failed”

  1. Had this problem pop-up yesterday after trying to restart courier-imap.. Since as of PLESK 10 you are not allowed to remove individual packages i could’nt reinstall the package as described above.

    Fixed the problem by editing the imapd

    Added [code]AUTH=CRAM-MD5 AUTH=CRAM-SHA1[/code] to IMAP_CAPABILITY

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