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 I am look to implement a process of sending someone a secure email but instead of having the body or attachment of the email transmitted I would like to have the recipient sent a link to a secure web site to access the info.  I am believe there is a solution for this in the open source world ( wireshark uses something similar for announcements). If anyone has any solutions, thoughts, or insights they are all welcome. Below it the processes I have envisioned let me know anyone has seen this as a complete project or is it one that need to be built from the ground up.
 
1) user send and email that need to be secure.
2) email is set to the web server
3) the web server converts the email and attachments if any to a (secure ) web page
4) the web server sends out an email to the intended recipient with just a link to newly created web page.
5) when the user opens the email they can click on the link and and login to view the body of the email.
   
 
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it can be done as specified, but need programming a module for your favorite MTA in  order to get done, and will require a lot of effort.

if you want to send these emails only to your own email users, then there are other ways to solve this problem thought:

why not change the way things are working?

a) you install a MTA (Mail Transfer Agent, i.e. mail server) that do not support forwarding. this means every email sent to it cannot go outside. this server can only receive and store emails.
b) there is a webserver with a webmail configured to be accessed only thru ssl (this way everything you access on it will be secured by ssl)
c) your IMAP server should only accept SSL Connections from outside. that way if your users do not want to use the web interface, they still will be using secure connections.

if you want ANY person to be notified with a temporary ssl protected page about an email that should have been sent to to their email account, then you must do the programming part, or digg into freshmeat.net or sourceforge.net
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