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Old 01-13-2004, 05:08 AM   #1
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Unhappy Why is inetd not creating telnet or ftp sessions on my redhat 6.2 box?


Hi, I have a redhat 6.2 box running as an external webserver and i want to establish an ftp session to upload some documents from my internal network and i cant get a session through inetd. I upgraded inetd-0.16-4 to inetd-0.16-7 but it made no difference.
I can't see any reason why these sessions aren't being established.
 
Old 01-13-2004, 05:56 AM   #2
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telnet is disabled by default even on Redhat 6.2, I believe. You should not enable it - use ssh instead. It provides the same functionality and more, plus it is leagues more secure than telnet. telnet is old, insecure and even dangerous. Don't use it.

As for why inetd doesn't call the FTP server - did you check the /etc/inetd.conf file to see if it has an entry for the FTP server?


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Old 01-13-2004, 07:37 PM   #3
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the telnet scenario was really just a test to see if inetd would work for another service, as it wouldn't work for ftp in my live environment. I took the server offline and networked up my laptop with the server, to see if i could establish a telnet session. Which i could not. Also the strange thing in this test is that i could ping the server from my laptop, but the server could not ping my laptop.

i checked ipchains but its just setup with the default accept everything rules. i cant see what was preventing it from pinging the laptop.

i checked the /etc/inetd.conf file and ftp is enabled and so was telnet for my test, but nothing doing.

there is an ftpaccess file that I think was being utilised as well through
in.ftpd -l -a and I changed it to just log incase there was something in the ftpaccess file that was causing the problem, but this didn't help.

hence i am not sure what is going on.

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Old 01-13-2004, 08:02 PM   #4
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Did you check the logs (wherever they are configure to go - /var/log/syslog, /var/log/ftp.log, something like that). It's usually quite helpful in getting it working.

Also, does it work if you try to log in to the FTP server from the same machine that runs it?

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Old 01-13-2004, 09:52 PM   #5
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when i try to ftp to itself via its ip or loopback both connections are refused.

the logs /var/log/messages don't seem to be telling me anything useful. in fact they are not even logging my failed ftp attempts. though it has logged
others, unauthorised attempts from last week.

there is a lot of logged messages from last week for telnet and ftp as follows, "bind address is already in use" .

and with regard to restarting inetd a lot of "no such file or directory".
 
Old 01-13-2004, 11:56 PM   #6
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yeh the logs don't give me much.
 
Old 01-14-2004, 12:31 AM   #7
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help.....i am looking at having to rebuild this box if i can't get ftp up and running real soon.
 
  


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