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Hello,
I'm running red hat linux AS, and I would like to set up this machine to act as a telnet server.
In a nutshell, I was wondering how to do this, or maybe more specifically, if there is any guide that would tell me how to do this.
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The telnet daemon (telnetd) is something that's almost certainly active by default. If it isn't running, its because someone disabled it.

Did you inherit this system, or have you set it up yourself?
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Generally. telnet depends on entries in /etc/services and in whatever file in RH controls inetd's subfunctions (in Solaris, this is /etc/init/inetd.conf, not sure about RH).

Logged into the box at the console, type entering --> man telnetd

That should show the manual page for the telnet daemon and explain how it is configured/started/stopped.
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Latest versions of RedHat and Fedora install with telnetd disabled....

edit the file /etc/xinetd.d/telnet and set the disable parameter to "no".

# default: on
# description: The telnet server serves telnet sessions; it uses \
# unencrypted username/password pairs for authentication.
service telnet
{
       flags          = REUSE
       socket_type    = stream
       wait           = no
       user           = root
       server         = /usr/sbin/in.telnetd
       log_on_failure += USERID
       disable        = no
}

o        You'll then have to restart xinetd for the new settings to take effect.

[root@bigboy tmp]# /etc/init.d/xinetd restart
Stopping xinetd: [ OK ]
Starting xinetd: [ OK ]
[root@bigboy tmp]#

o        You can test whether the Telnet process is running with the following command which is used to check the TCP/UDP ports on which your server is listening, if it isn't running then there will be no response.

[root@bigboy root]# netstat -a | grep telnet
tcp        0        0        *:telnet        *:*        LISTEN
[root@bigboy root]#

Reference:
http://www.linuxhomenetworking.com/linux-hn/xinetd.htm


 

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Ah. Didn't know that. Learn something new every day.
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I'd suggest using SSH server, which will be on... there's a reason why it's shipped with telnetd off these days--it's not secure.
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Definitely. SSH should be preferred over telnetd. I'm currently supporting telnetd in a legacy mode, but I anticipate cutting it off in the next 12 months.
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Points split?
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Sounds fine to me.
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