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MultiMail 2.0 - Freeware SMTP stress testing tool

, 3 Oct 2003
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This free program can be used to stress test SMTP servers. It also aids anti-Spam tool developers as a useful mail-bombardment tool.

About MultiMail 2.0

MultiMail 2.0 is a multi-threaded SMTP stress testing program which also doubles up as a handy tool for anti-Spam software development. It starts multiple threads, each sending a large number of mails in parallel to a specified SMTP server. MultiMail 2.0 is  freeware and can be used by anyone without the author's explicit permission.

How it came about?

Version 1.0

I wrote the first version while I was developing my own anti-Spam program Pop 3 Protector (discontinued). I used it to bombard test POP accounts with a large amount of email from multiple fake email addresses and with multiple subject headers.

A few months ago [here the current time is Feb 2002], I was asked to try out three different Linux based SMTP servers and decide on the fastest one. That's when I got a chance to use this tool once again. I sent huge amounts of mail through each server and recorded connection and mail delivery speeds. To increase the load I made the program multi-threaded. The user can set the number of threads to use. In this particular version I have restricted this number to 10, to prevent malicious people from misusing this program. But for anyone who wants to use this as an SMTP stress tester, 10 threads running in parallel, each thread sending 1000 mails each, should be quite good enough.

Actually there is a sneaky way to over-ride the restrictions, which is by running multiple instances of the program. But for some strange reason I have noticed that this will considerably slow down the user's machine and I hope that will deter people from trying it out.

Version 2.0

Version 2.0 uses the ATL7 SMTP and MIME classes and so I have removed all my Winsock-SMTP-chat code from the program. This has enabled me to add support for attachments which is quite handy.

Sending mail using the ATL7 classes

  • Include the required header file
  • #include <span class="code-keyword"><atlsmtpconnection.h></span>
  • Call CoInitialize
  • CoInitialize(0);
  • And write code similar to below snippet
  • CMimeMessage msg;
    
    msg.SetSender(strSender);
    msg.AddRecipient(strRecepient);
    
    //Optional
    msg.SetSubject(strSubject);
    msg.AddText(strBody);
    msg.AttachFile(strAttachFile);
    
    CSMTPConnection conn;
    conn.Connect(server);
    BOOL bSuccess = conn.SendMessage(msg);
    conn.Disconnect();
  • Call CoUninitialize
  • CoUninitialize();

History

  • v1.0 - 22 Feb 2002
  • v2.0 - 05 Oct 2003

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About the Author

Nish Nishant

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Nish Nishant is a Software Architect/Consultant based out of Columbus, Ohio. He has over 15 years of software industry experience in various roles including Lead Software Architect, Principal Software Engineer, and Product Manager. Nish is a recipient of the annual Microsoft Visual C++ MVP Award since 2002 (13 consecutive awards as of 2014).

Nish is an industry acknowledged expert in the Microsoft technology stack. He authored
C++/CLI in Action for Manning Publications in 2005, and had previously co-authored
Extending MFC Applications with the .NET Framework for Addison Wesley in 2003. In addition, he has over 140 published technology articles on CodeProject.com and another 250+ blog articles on his
WordPress blog. Nish is vastly experienced in team management, mentoring teams, and directing all stages of software development.

Contact Nish : You can reach Nish on his google email id voidnish.

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Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberMember 826594610-Jun-12 15:27 
QuestionBig thatks PinmemberMember 46055868-Mar-12 5:01 
QuestionSource code Pinmemberjnks20054-Sep-07 7:28 
Questionregarding the number of connections established Pinmemberlp19823-Sep-07 1:15 
GeneralBig Problem.... with attachments Pinmemberdboychuk695-Jan-07 10:25 
GeneralRe: Big Problem.... with attachments Pinmemberyhaker25-May-10 23:34 
GeneralHi Nish - Help Needed Pinmemberaseef25-Sep-06 6:45 
Generaltwice amount mail.. PinmemberDaisuke Ota16-Jun-06 21:51 
GeneralI have problem with MultiMail 2.o PinmemberMalathi Ranjit Singh22-Jan-06 23:15 
GeneralRe: I have problem with MultiMail 2.o PinmemberMember 1096674423-Jul-14 9:14 
GeneralATL CSMTPConnection - Buggy Pinmemberjeff66614-Nov-05 4:14 
GeneralFound a bug with attachment handling Pinmemberchris_blandford30-Oct-05 4:29 
GeneralNot sending attachments Pinmemberjbrown0123-Nov-03 16:28 
QuestionOld version still availibe? Pinmemberfaj28-Oct-03 3:23 
GeneralEnhancement for next Version PinmemberFrank Carius15-Oct-03 2:23 
GeneralMany other uses PinmemberGerard Nicol5-Oct-03 8:21 
GeneralRe: Many other uses PinstaffNishant S5-Oct-03 8:34 
Gerard Nicol wrote:
Perhaps you could have also pointed out that this would make a perfect DoS tool

Yes, if multiple users run it in parallel from multiple machines Frown | :-(

But that's not its intended purpose.

Nish


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GeneralRe: Many other uses Pinmember| Muhammad Waqas Butt |11-Sep-07 22:36 
GeneralNo support for smtp authentication - intended PinstaffNishant S4-Oct-03 10:23 
GeneralPeople who downloaded it before 26th Feb PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]26-Feb-02 13:37 
GeneralThanks PinmemberJames Pullicino26-Feb-02 3:58 
GeneralRe: Thanks PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]26-Feb-02 13:36 
GeneralRe: Thanks PinmemberJames Pullicino26-Feb-02 22:14 
GeneralVolunteers required urgently!!! PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]24-Feb-02 1:25 
GeneralRe: Volunteers required urgently!!! PinmemberAnders Molin24-Feb-02 1:45 
GeneralRe: Volunteers required urgently!!! PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]24-Feb-02 6:18 
GeneralRe: Volunteers required urgently!!! PinmemberAnders Molin24-Feb-02 1:48 
GeneralRe: Volunteers required urgently!!! PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]24-Feb-02 2:34 
GeneralHmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberAnders Molin23-Feb-02 6:06 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]23-Feb-02 16:43 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberAnders Molin24-Feb-02 0:26 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]24-Feb-02 1:09 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberAnders Molin24-Feb-02 1:39 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]24-Feb-02 2:31 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberAnders Molin24-Feb-02 0:34 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]24-Feb-02 1:01 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberAnders Molin24-Feb-02 1:41 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]24-Feb-02 2:29 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]23-Feb-02 16:50 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberAnders Molin24-Feb-02 0:27 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]24-Feb-02 0:59 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberAnders Molin24-Feb-02 1:43 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]24-Feb-02 2:27 
GeneralRe: Hmmm, buggy, and useless PinmemberAnders Molin24-Feb-02 8:53 
GeneralHmm.. PinmemberAmanjit Gill22-Feb-02 14:27 
GeneralRe: Hmm.. PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]22-Feb-02 20:43 
GeneralRe: Hmm.. PinmemberMustafa Demirhan22-Feb-02 23:46 
GeneralRe: Hmm.. PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]23-Feb-02 16:55 
GeneralRe: Hmm.. PinmemberJason Hooper23-Feb-02 1:41 
GeneralRe: Hmm.. PinmemberNish [BusterBoy]23-Feb-02 16:57 

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