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Distribution: (depends on the week - usually redhat or slackware)
telnet daemons (as well as many other servers) are standard programs in linux (probably all distros). Redhat has all that already - however telnet is a bad idea, as it handles all sessions unencrypted and is thus highly hackable. If you want to allow remote login then use ssh - it's just like telnet except that it's encrypted. Be sure to get the patched ssh tho, as 3x (i think) are vulnaerable to overflow allowing root compromise .
Hey that sounds great...I've been trying to get telnet service started (I don't know how) but if sshd is more secure I'll do it. So I've got my sshd service started as per your command line but how do I call it from another machine to start a connection?
While SSH is the preferred way to "telnet" (and even FTP), if you want true telnet (plaintext), you'll have to edit the file /etc/xinetd.d/telnet and change the line that says "disabled = yes" to "disabled = no". Finally, you'll have to restart the XInetd metadaemon to activate the changes as root:
Originally posted by ChaosX2 Go for PuTTY. It's the best I've seen.
I second that!
I like PuTTY because it's not just an SSH client. It's a full SSH client suite (ssh, scp and sftp). It also supports certificate-based authentication, and has a lot of nifty little features (such as X forwarding).