Off topic News server connections

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Aldo

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Sep 18, 2020
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Has anyone's newsreader stopped connecting to the server today? Thunderbird-etc says "Failed to connect to server ..."
At one point there was a message like "peer's certificate has expired". But the browser shows the expiration date as 2023-07-31.
 
My TB (N US) fails with "Secure connection failed"

Email and RSS are fine, so Steve has a NG server issue. I presume he is aware of it.
 
MY TB client also fails with "Secure connection failed" something is wrong. TB 91.13.0 Works if I turn off TLS and use port 119, so some TLS issue
 
Thunderbird 102.2.0 behaving very oddly on news.grc.com today.
It could possibly just be that news.grc.com is down, but only if there are also very odd bugs in Thunderbird.
I think my attempts to get it going have resulted in me losing all my old messages. :(
 
Steve says the cert expired when he thought he had it configured with a new one. He made further updates, and hopes he got it right.
 
It now works for me, TB 91.13.0, port 563, SSL/TLS selected.
That was short lived. As of now using SSL/.LS does NOT work at all.

And a new wrinkle:

I can read messages just fine using port 119 and no security. But, I cannot post anything. I get "Sending of the message failed.
The message could not be sent because connecting to Outgoing server (SMTP) news.grc.com failed. The server may be unavailable or is refusing SMTP connections. Please verify that your Outgoing server (SMTP) settings are correct and try again."

So, it's read only for me at present. Probably explains why no one is posting at present. :)
 
Just occasionally, I can post to news.grc.com:119 (without TLS).
But try again afterwards and the post seems to disappear, never to be seen.
Also, follow-ups disappear never to be seen.
 
It's weird for me, because I am not seeing any of this with the newsreader I use. Probably that means I am not using any SSL though. The alternative, I suppose, being I am but it's not validating the security certs... which is just as bad as not using any.
 
TB 102.2.0 is not working here neither is PhoNews on Android, not tried "playing" with either at this time.
 
TB 102.2.1 is no better.
The newsgroups are effectively read only for me.
Just occasionally I have managed to make a very small single line post in grc.test, but that's all that's possible.