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rhosts - how to enable wildcard remsh access

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I'm trying to enable remsh to accept any user from any remote system. I created a .rhosts file with the following line:
+ +
but that didn't seem to work. I'm using Red Hat linux 4.2.. any ideas?
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you must add your hosts to
      /etc/hosts.equiv
or setup
      /etc/hosts.allow  /etc/hosts/deny
see   man 5 hosts_access

Ciao Achim
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by:tverona
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I listed the hosts to hosts.equiv, but still no luck.
I've also tried setting up /etc/hosts.allow with ALL: ALL
which indicates that all access should be allowed, but it still
doesn't work (btw, by default access is allwed)
Ideally, the Linux machine shouldn't maintain a list of hosts and users. It's etc/passwd file contains, say, the user 'build', and
we want to be able to execute the command
remsh linux_machine -l build "cc blah.c"
from a user on a remote machine.
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by:ahoffmann
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Hmm, hosts.equiv should work. The hostname must be a full qualified domain name.
Do you also have $HOME/.rhosts for your users?
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by:tverona
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Actually, I ended up tweaking the ruserok() function to make it
more like other UNIX implementations. On most unix systems, you
can simply have a line like "+ +" in hosts.equiv, which gives
global access to remote hosts and users (the '+' being the
wildcard). I added this to ruserok() in rcmd.c - the function
that checks hosts.equiv, recompiled libc, and it seems to work
fine! Thanks anyways though!
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