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Old 02-22-2010, 11:19 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Telnet session timout settings in Redhat Linux 5


can you please help, where to set the telnet session timeout for the IDLE time in redhat linux.

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Old 02-23-2010, 12:35 AM   #2
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Just a warning if you don't know, you shouldn't use telnet as it send info in plain text. That being said, take a look at /etc/xinetd I believe that is the config file you want.
Old 02-23-2010, 01:36 AM   #3
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Welcome to LQ ssanwar80,

Why are you prefering telnet to ssh ? Telnet doesn't support encryption. It simply send sensitive informations like username and passowrds in plain text.

I advise you to go for ssh instead of telnet. You can adjust following parameters accordingly in /etc/ssh/sshd_config file to get your things done.

Still if you have strong instinct to use telnet. You can append following -IdleTimeout option to server_args in /etc/xinetd.d/telnet file

server_args = -IdleTimeout 600
By default, 600 will be in seconds.

Hope this helps.

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