Author Topic: SOLUTION authentication failure when using Mozilla Thunderbird and gmail imap  (Read 387 times)

Offline pepperOS

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not a problem anymore but if you have the same trouble, a solution

after a password change in gmail i could not connect with gmail anymore and got a authentication failure wrong password ore account name.
so every time the program started i was redirected to a popup screen were i could login and state that the app (thunderbird) i was using had the rights to do so

this was the situation: peppermint 10 linux, thunderbird mail
after several tries i deleted the account in thunderbird, tried to install that again, but even thought i get rerouted to the gmail server to check if this device/app may change things, i get the authorization failure .
when i log in with firefox, no problem at all, so my password is correct.
my motorola phone has no problems after changing password
installed thunderbird again, no luck.
then i found this on a forum and it worked

set the Google imap account to ssl/tsl "normal password" after turning on Google's "allow less secure apps's" setting.

somehow google finds Thunderbird not save enough, duhhh :o


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Basically Google considers anything not controlled by them 'less secure' .. from a user standpoint it's kinda laughable, but I **kinda** understand their position :)

Thanks for the HowTo :)
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Hi

I had a similar problem and totally forgot to mention the solution here - so here goes

It appears that google has just changed their OAuth process and started rejecting OAuth requests based on the User-Agent header.

Changing "general.useragent.compatMode.firefox" preference to "true" fixes the issue, google authentication works again.

Get access to this via about:config in firefox

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Hi

I had a similar problem and totally forgot to mention the solution here - so here goes

It appears that google has just changed their OAuth process and started rejecting OAuth requests based on the User-Agent header.

Changing "general.useragent.compatMode.firefox" preference to "true" fixes the issue, google authentication works again.

Get access to this via about:config in firefox

Regards Zeb...

I had the same problem after update of Kernel 4.15.0-69 and that same evening up to 70. So my initial thought it was a Kernel thing, but thanks for this will take notes and save them away. I absolutely love Firefox and now I've gone 1080 and the option in Firefox to zoom text is brilliant on this Forum.  ;D
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