telnet to local ip not working

Posted on 2001-06-19
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I have two network cards installed. and  I can ping and telnet out on both interfaces.  

Other computers can ping both interfaces.  The problem is that telnetd and httpd are only responding on the interface.  When I try to telnet into, I get "Connection refused by remote host".  Same thing happens with http.  Also when I try to telnet to the local IP, I get the same thing and localhost dosn't answer telnet requests either.

I'm running Linux Redhat version 7.1 and there are no restrictions set in the firewall.
Question by:bnewton
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From the question it looks like this box is intended to function as a firewall/gateway using IPMASQ. Is it set up to use ipchains (the default on 7.1) or iptables? If you are using the default, what does "ipchains -L" and "ipchains -M" show?

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I am not sure But I think the IP doesn't blong to the same group so that why its refused.


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I'm pretty much a Linux newbie so I used the default's and havn't really configured anything yet other then the drivers.  This is the outpuut to that command.

[root@localhost /sbin]# ./ipchains -L
Chain input (policy ACCEPT):
Chain forward (policy ACCEPT):
Chain output (policy ACCEPT):

[root@localhost /sbin]# ./ipchains -M -L
IP masquerading entries

Harwantgrewal, what do you mean by the IP doesn't belong to the same group?

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I may have made an improper assumption when I read the question. So let me see if I can clarify things.

From within the private network ( you can telnet to the gateway's inside interface (, but you can't telnet to it's outside ip ( from within the private network. And I'd expect that you can't telnet to the outside IP of the gateway from the Internet. From within the private network you should only be opening sessions to the inside IP of the box for security reasons. And to allow inbound connections to the gateway from the Internet I believe you'll need to set up a port forward for telnet that points the inbound telnet connection to the inside IP of the gateway.

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No I'm only trying to telnet to the port on the subnet that I'm attached.  The most puzzeling thing to me is that I can't telnet to the local ip when I'm actually on the server console.  Ie. telnet dosn't work.
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Okay so you are saying that from a host on the network attached to the interface with the IP that you can telnet to Yet from a host on the network attached to the other interface you can't telnet to How about showing me the output of "ifconfig -a" and "netstat -rn", please.

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rgirish earned 100 total points
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To troubleshoot, lot of things are needed:

1. Did you add the 172.x.x.x interface card after the installation.
2. What does your hosts file look like? does it have an entry for localhost
3. Copy and Paste the xinetd.conf file (maybe the telnet daemon is configured to run on only that interface)
4. Copy and Paste fstab file (got to check if pseudo terminals are mounted)
5. Run ifconfig -a
6. run a traceroute (or tracert from a windows system) from any client on 172.x.x.x network to Copy and Paste the results.

With the help of these answers, we can troubleshoot the problem.


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Hi Girish, Thanks in advance for your help.

1. Yes, the 172.x.x.x card was added after installation.  I activated the card using linuxconf, but have done nothing else.

[si@localhost si]$ cat /etc/hosts
# Do not remove the following line, or various programs
# that require network functionality will fail.          fwtest localhost.localdomain localhost

[si@localhost /etc]$ cat xinetd.conf
# Simple configuration file for xinetd
# Some defaults, and include /etc/xinetd.d/

     instances               = 60
        log_type                = SYSLOG authpriv
        log_on_success          = HOST PID
        log_on_failure          = HOST

includedir /etc/xinetd.d

4. [si@localhost /etc]$ cat fstab
LABEL=/                 /                       ext2    defaults        1 1
LABEL=/boot             /boot                   ext2    defaults        1 2
LABEL=/home             /home                   ext2    defaults        1 2
/dev/fd0                /mnt/floppy             auto    noauto,owner    0 0
LABEL=/usr              /usr                    ext2    defaults        1 2
LABEL=/var              /var                    ext2    defaults        1 2
none                    /proc                   proc    defaults        0 0
none                    /dev/pts                devpts  gid=5,mode=620  0 0
/dev/hde9               swap                    swap    defaults        0 0
/dev/cdrom              /mnt/cdrom              iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0


[si@localhost /sbin]$ ./ifconfig -a
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:50:BA:1A:1D:93  
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          RX packets:496 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:495 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
          Interrupt:3 Base address:0xa000

eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:48:54:6D:C4:76  
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
          Interrupt:10 Base address:0xc000

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:  Mask:
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:8 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:8 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0


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