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Disable root telnet access in AIX

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Simple question, but I don't know AIX:

How do you disable root access via telnet in AIX 4.3.1?

Thanks!
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by:tfewster
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Create an entry "root" in /etc/securetty; Any usernames in this file have to be logged in on a secure (not a networked) device.

You can still get root access remotely by logging in as yourself and using su.
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by:edskee
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Did that, that doesnt work in AIX
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by:tfewster
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In the absence of a definitive AIX method:

Modify roots .profile, to add the following lines

if [ -n `ps -ef |grep $PPID |grep telnetd` ]
#i.e. connected by telnet
then
  echo "Cannot log in as root remotely"
  #exit 0
fi

After thorough testing, uncomment the "exit 0" line.

Note that this still allows su (and su -) and does not check for rlogin or rsh access;

 
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by:edskee
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I'll accept that as an answer if I cannot find a better way, but do you mean to tell me that AIX cannot do this and Linux can? I KNEW Linux was better! :P

Anyone got a real AIX way to do it? :)
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by:samri
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Edskee,
       I'm really naive in AIX.  But in Solaris, there is a file in /etc/default called login (/etc/default/login).  You need to uncomment the entry that says CONSOLE=/dev/console.
       Perhaps you can check the same file in AIX.

Good luck,

Samri
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by:tfewster
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From  the security manual on IBM's web site:

in /etc/security/user, set the root entry as follows
root:
      login = false
      su = true

I can't check this, because the only AIX system I have access to doesn't
allow (my) account to su to root.

I also found references to restricting remote logins using SMIT, but no definite
"How To"

Hope this helps
Tim
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cmcheline earned 20 total points
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There are several ways to do this. Here are a couple of the easiest:

1) type "smit chuser" -> type "root" as the user to change -> modify  "User can LOGIN?" to false to disable login at the console ->  modify  "User can LOGIN REMOTELY?" to false to disable login from a telnet session -> press enter to accept changes

2) type "chuser login='false' rlogin='false' root"
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Thanks much. Helped a lot.
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