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permit tcp any eq 110 any

i have applied the above to the outbound of an interface, what does the permit statment does?

with that rule my internal server is able to connect to extermal email server

im wonderin which "any" means the external mail server

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Top Expert 2009
Is it outbound towards the email server (outbound on the VLAN interface of the mail server) or is it outbound towards the external server?

If outbound towards the internal email server, it allows the return traffic from the external mail server.  The first any is the source, in this case the external mail server.  The second any is the destination, in this case your mail server.

If outbound towards the external mail server, it has no effect (well, it allows source ports of 110 to any destination) this would be required for connections to your mail server on 110 (inbound connections).

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its outbound towards internal mail server

so tthat means if x.x.x.x is externail mail server
permit tcp x.x.x.x eq 110 host

that means recieves mail from x.x.x.x
Top Expert 2009

The internal mail server makes a connection to x.x.x.x on port 110 so the access-list rule allows the return traffic where x.x.x.x has a source port of 110 and the destination is  This is needed because it is outbound toward the internal mail server.
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