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Old 02-04-2015, 04:03 AM   #1
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Telnet / Postfix connection refused question for CENTOS 6.4


Good Morning! I am supporting the coffee and Doritos industry with my frustration with this problem. I have been battling it for two months. I have several Red Hat books, the official Red Hat study guide, and have searched the forums for weeks with no avail. I was wondering if you have ever had this?

I am trying to "telnet server.example.com 25" or telnet in general. Both servers are running on a KVM on the 192.168.122.0/24 network.


[root@server ~]# telnet server.example.com
Trying 127.0.0.1...
telnet: connect to address 127.0.0.1: Connection refused
Trying 192.168.122.191...
telnet: connect to address 192.168.122.191: Connection refused


I can ssh, run NFS, and also run internal postfix e-mails.

IPTABLES IS TURNED OFF ON BOTH CLIENTS

Postfix and Telnet is configured on both clients, with both listening:

[root@server ~]# netstat -tulpn |grep :25
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:25 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 1802/


When I Telnet from client named 'Server' to client named 'ISCSI', tpcdump on client 'ISCSI' gives the following:

19:01:23.579330 STP 802.1d, Config, Flags [none], bridge-id 8000.52:54:00:2e:85:0e.8003, length 43
19:01:23.632750 IP server.57477 > iscsi.example.com.telnet: Flags [S], seq 2403459934, win 14600, options [mss 1460,sackOK,TS val 2679191 ecr 0,nop,wscale 6], length 0
19:01:23.632882 IP iscsi.example.com.telnet > server.57477: Flags [R.], seq 0, ack 2403459935, win 0, length 0
19:01:24.428091 IP server.57478 > iscsi.example.com.telnet: Flags [S], seq 942066757, win 14600, options [mss 1460,sackOK,TS val 2679990 ecr 0,nop,wscale 6], length 0
19:01:24.428163 IP iscsi.example.com.telnet > server.57478: Flags [R.], seq 0, ack 942066758, win 0, length 0
19:01:25.006222 IP server.57479 > iscsi.example.com.telnet: Flags [S], seq 2689610466, win 14600, options [mss 1460,sackOK,TS val 2680564 ecr 0,nop,wscale 6], length 0
 
Old 02-04-2015, 06:55 AM   #2
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Update

I noticed that my paste showed a bad connection on the telnet loop.

Here is the correction. I think I found the problem

From client ISCSI:

[root@iscsi ~]# telnet iscsi.example.com 25
Trying 192.168.122.136...
telnet: connect to address 192.168.122.136: Connection refused
[root@iscsi ~]# vim /etc/sysconfig/network
[root@iscsi ~]# vim /etc/resolv.conf
[root@iscsi ~]# telnet iscsi.example.com
Trying 192.168.122.136...
telnet: connect to address 192.168.122.136: Connection refused

[root@iscsi ~]# telnet localhost 25
Trying 127.0.0.1...
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 iscsi.example.com ESMTP Sendmail 8.14.4/8.14.4; Tue, 3 Feb 2015 21:55:21 -0500



Loop from client "Server"

[root@server ~]# telnet server.example.com 25
Trying 127.0.0.1...
Connected to server.example.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 server.example.com ESMTP Sendmail 8.14.4/8.14.4; Tue, 3 Feb 2015 21:53:25 -0500
 
Old 02-04-2015, 06:59 AM   #3
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The loop now works for both clients. The /etc/host looks like this:

client "ISCSI"

[root@iscsi ~]# cat /etc/hosts
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost
127.0.0.1 iscsi iscsi.example.com
::1 localhost6.localdomain6 localhost6
192.168.122.136 iscsi iscsi.example.com
192.168.122.191 server server.example.com


client "Server"
[root@server ~]# cat /etc/hosts
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost
127.0.0.1 server server.example.com
192.168.122.191 server server.example.com
::1 localhost6.localdomain6 localhost6
192.168.122.136 iscsi iscsi.example.com
 
Old 02-04-2015, 07:03 AM   #4
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Now when I telnet, the TCPDUMP output is:

22:05:27.111413 IP iscsi.42519 > server.telnet: Flags [S], seq 1215495062, win 14600, options [mss 1460,sackOK,TS val 623072 ecr 0,nop,wscale 6], length 0
22:05:27.114956 IP server.telnet > iscsi.42519: Flags [R.], seq 0, ack 1215495063, win 0, length 0
22:05:28.669995 IP iscsi.42520 > server.telnet: Flags [S], seq 3574758482, win 14600, options [mss 1460,sackOK,TS val 624630 ecr 0,nop,wscale 6], length 0
22:05:28.672073 IP server.telnet > iscsi.42520: Flags [R.], seq 0, ack 3574758483, win 0, length 0
 
Old 02-04-2015, 01:19 PM   #5
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Update

So I built two more VMs. "Server2" and "Client2". I can telnet on port 22, but no other port:

[root@server2 ~]# telnet client2 22
Trying 192.168.122.5...
Connected to client2.
Escape character is '^]'.
SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_5.3
^\
Connection closed by foreign host.
[root@server2 ~]# telnet client2 23
Trying 192.168.122.5...
telnet: connect to address 192.168.122.5: Connection refused
[root@server2 ~]# telnet client2 24
Trying 192.168.122.5...
telnet: connect to address 192.168.122.5: Connection refused
[root@server2 ~]# telnet client2 25
Trying 192.168.122.5...
telnet: connect to address 192.168.122.5: Connection refused
[root@server2 ~]# telnet client2 26
Trying 192.168.122.5...
telnet: connect to address 192.168.122.5: Connection refused
[root@server2 ~]# telnet client2 27
Trying 192.168.122.5...
telnet: connect to address 192.168.122.5: Connection refused
[root@server2 ~]# telnet client2 28
Trying 192.168.122.5...
telnet: connect to address 192.168.122.5: Connection refused
[root@server2 ~]# telnet client2 29
Trying 192.168.122.5...
telnet: connect to address 192.168.122.5: Connection refused
[root@server2 ~]# telnet client2 69
Trying 192.168.122.5...
telnet: connect to address 192.168.122.5: Connection refused
 
Old 02-04-2015, 01:32 PM   #6
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So what are you trying to achieve?

You can't connect to a port that doesn't have a listening process attached.
 
Old 02-04-2015, 01:33 PM   #7
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Update,
So for no reason whatsoever, I put in the FQDN and it worked from client2 --> server2. However, still can't go from server2 --> client2

[root@client2 ~]# telnet server2.example.com 25
Trying 192.168.122.33...
Connected to server2.example.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 server2.example.com ESMTP Postfix
^]



[root@server2 ~]# telnet client2 25
Trying 192.168.122.5...
telnet: connect to address 192.168.122.5: Connection refused



server2 netstat

[root@server2 ~]# netstat -ln |grep :25
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:25 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN
tcp 0 0 :::25 :::* LISTEN

client2 netstat
[root@client2 ~]# netstat -ln |grep :25
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:25 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN

Last edited by person_of_interest; 02-04-2015 at 01:35 PM.
 
Old 02-04-2015, 01:37 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by descendant_command View Post
So what are you trying to achieve?

You can't connect to a port that doesn't have a listening process attached.
Thank you for your reply!

I am trying to troubleshoot postfix within an internal network. I am using telnet to troubleshoot. I need to open a listener, like in httpd. I will research that. Thank you!
 
Old 02-04-2015, 01:47 PM   #9
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Update,
I did a reboot on both, and now I have two sets of listening ports....I wonder why it only worked after a reboot.

[student@client2 ~]$ netstat -ln |grep :25
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:25 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN
tcp 0 0 :::25 :::* LISTEN


[student@server2 ~]$ netstat -ln |grep :25
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:25 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN
tcp 0 0 :::25 :::* LISTEN
 
Old 02-04-2015, 01:56 PM   #10
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SOLVED....I guess?

So I did a reboot, and now it works. I have rebooted literally hundreds of time over the past eight weeks, so I'm not sure why today is the special day, but I can telnet and use postfix on port 25 without a firewall on. Now I will turn on IPTABLES and make sure that works. The only thing that I can think is that my BIND/NAMED hasn't been configured, and I am setting up my DNS wrong. Thanks again for your time!

[root@client2 ~]# netstat -ln |grep :25
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:25 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN
tcp 0 0 :::25 :::* LISTEN


[root@client2 ~]# mail
Heirloom Mail version 12.4 7/29/08. Type ? for help.
"/var/spool/mail/root": 2 messages 2 new
>N 1 root Wed Feb 4 12:04 18/570 "loop"
N 2 root Wed Feb 4 13:48 21/803 "3client2"


[root@server2 ~]# netstat -ln |grep :25
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:25 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN
tcp 0 0 :::25 :::* LISTEN




[root@server2 ~]# mail
Heirloom Mail version 12.4 7/29/08. Type ? for help.
"/var/spool/mail/root": 5 messages 5 new
>N 1 root Wed Feb 4 12:06 18/594 "loop"
N 2 Mail Delivery System Wed Feb 4 12:06 75/2551 "Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender"
N 3 root Wed Feb 4 13:24 21/775 "2srv2"
N 4 root Wed Feb 4 13:31 21/775 "2srv2"
N 5 root Wed Feb 4 13:48 21/772 "3srv2"
 
  


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