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Old 10-25-2001, 04:47 PM   #1
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hair puller...

Trying to get telnet to work... Have a labtop and desktop both running RH7.1. They are connected thru linksys WAP/hub.

Am trying to get telnet to work so I can do desktop work from my labtop from remote locations in my home.

Whenver I telnet, it fails with "icmp port unreachable". I'm running tcpdump. This icmp packet comes back after the first outging tcp segment.

- I have enabled telnet in /etc/xinetd.d/telnet
- xinetd is running
- I explicitly have the laptop and desktop IPs in the /etc/hosts file

I'm really pulling my hair out, and would appreciate any helpful tips or pointers.


Old 10-25-2001, 05:26 PM   #2
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I have looked through previous posts related to telnet problems no avail.

I keep running into recommendations for the use of ssh as opposed to telnet. That day might come, but for now, it's not my primary concern as the linksys router is the only element viewable to the outside world.

Any pointers greatly appreciated.

Old 11-08-2001, 11:30 AM   #3
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Still no luck. I'm at my wits end. Can someone take a look at this and tell me what I'm missing here.

Basically, all I'm trying to do is telnet from one machine to another from within my home network. Each box is running RH7.1 ... one a labtop with a wireless PC card, the other a desktop that was setup with a 'server installation'.

Server Config Info

order hosts,bind



/etc/hosts localhost.localdomain localhost <-- server <-- laptop

instances = 60
log_type = SYSLOG authpriv
log_on_success = HOST PID
log_on_failure = HOST

includedir /etc/xinetd.d

service telnet
flags = REUSE
socket_type = stream
wait = no
user = root
server = /usr/sbin/in.telnetd
log_on_failure += USERID
disable = no

rpm -qa | grep telnet

ps -ef | grep xinetd
root 811 1 0 Nov07 ? 00:00:00 xinetd -stayalive -reuse -pidfil
root 3820 1170 0 12:11 pts/1 00:00:00 grep xinetd

Well, that's about all the information info I can think of. Below, I summarize two cases, the first where I telnet from the server to itself, and the second the failing scenario when I try to telnet from the laptop to the server. I could only cut&past from the machine I'm posting from (server), so I didn't include much client info.

Test Case 1: Telnet from server to itself

[root@localhost /etc]# telnet
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.

Red Hat Linux release 7.1 (Seawolf)
Kernel 2.4.2-2 on an i686

So, I can telnet to the server from the server. When I run tcpdump, there are no messages so I guess the request comes back through

Test Case 2: Telnet from laptop to server
(I can't cut and paste as I'm posting this from the server machine, so bear with me...)
prompt> telnet
telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection refused

The following is the tcpdump output run on the server when the command in 'test case 2' is entered:

12:27:43.266626 .32770 > .telnet: S 3617006866:3617006866(0) win 5840 <mss 1460,sackOK,timestamp 108640[|tcp]> (DF)
12:27:43.266626 > : icmp: tcp port telnet unreachable (DF) [tos 0xc0]

...That's it. I want to be able to do work on the server from my laptop from within my home
Old 11-08-2001, 11:35 AM   #4
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I got cut off there at the end of my post. My keyboard on the server went bezerk and I was not longer able to type. I think most of the key info was communicated in the previous post, so I'll leave it at that.

Let me know if you need anymore info...

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Old 02-10-2002, 08:58 AM   #5
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Hi i have just joine dthe list and found that u r still in trouble.
see i can say one thing that ur problem in not at all related to linux box of ur office . please see some configurations in ur router.
Try seeing access control lists, which are generally implemented to restrict the traffic comming in to the network.

Old 02-11-2002, 07:59 AM   #6
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As far as I can see your telnet server is running. But you are just blocking connections. hosts.allow states that all services for LOCAL should be enabled. LOCAL as far as I know should be localhost ( So that explains why you can connect to it from the server. Obviously you'd want to connect in a few more ways then that.
The easiest would be to add a line in hosts.allow like:

you could also change it to:

That would give the laptop permission to connect. Don't forget to restart the xinetd server after editing the file.
Old 02-15-2003, 03:32 AM   #7
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all:all from the hosts.deny file and restart the system and every thing should work


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