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ftp client doesn't work as regular user

Posted on 2003-11-29
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System: Solaris 8 with latest Recommended Patches and Maintenance Update #7

When I login as my regular user account and try to ftp to another host, it doesn't work:

   foo@bar /home/foo 1 % ftp host.domain.com
   ftp: ftp/tcp: unknown service
   foo@bar /home.foo 2 % which ftp
   /usr/bin/ftp

If I use "su" and become super-user, I can use the ftp command with no problem

The ftp program is /usr/bin/ftp in both cases (verified by "which ftp")

Why do I get this "unknown service" error message? It occurs even if I try to just enter interactive mode (i.e. do not supply a hostname)
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Well, I just answered my own Question, so I'm going to post the solution here, then ask a Moderator to PAQ it.

I found the Answer in SunSolve article ID14440. The problem was that /etc/inet/services was set to mode 600. It SHOULD have been set to 644, as recommended by Sun and a host of other sources. My only guess is that I got a little overzealous locking down the system and changed the mode after editing it to harden the OS.

Once the mode was changed, ftp worked fine.
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