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Old 07-09-2004, 10:10 PM   #1
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what is sgi_fam? is it needed to be on?

on one of my RH 9.0 boxes, when i do: chkconfig --list |grep on

i see an entry for sgi_fam: on <----- what service is sgi_fam and do i need to be running it??

Old 07-10-2004, 12:17 AM   #2
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When a user connects to the fam service, it specifies the name of a file or directory to watch for modifications. If the name of a directory is specified, the server returns a listing of that directory. It stands for file alteration monitor.It has a documented vulnerability against malicious attacks.It is usually for irix systems.
You can disable it if you don't require it. This can be done by finding the line in /etc/inetd.conf starting with sgi_fam and putting a comment sign (#) at the beginning of the line. Then at the command prompt type "/etc/killall -HUP inetd" and "/etc/killall fam". Disabling fam may disrupt other services which depend upon it, such as fm, mailbox, mediad, scanners, sysmon, fxbuilder, and IRIS annotator, if they are running.
Old 07-10-2004, 01:32 PM   #3
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thanks for the tips corbis_demon...should i then assume, if none the mentioned services are applicable to my situation (fm, mailbox, mediad, scanners, sysmon, fxbuilder, and IRIS annotator), then i can turn this off w/o problems? "scanners" you mean hardware scanners or things such as "nmap" ??

thanks again...


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