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Disabling ECHO, CHARGEN, RSTAT and more - Windows Server 2003

Dear Experts,

I would like to know how can these services be controlled in Win2k3?

ECHO, CHARGEN, RSTAT, TFTP, RWALL, RUSER, DISCARD, DAYTIME, BOOTPS, FINGER, SPRAYD, PCNFSD, NETSTAT, WHO

I need to disable them but I don't know how...

Thanks in advance!
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nahumba
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r-kCommented:
I don't think any of these are installed as "services" in the sense that Windows uses that term. Perhaps you mean the clients for these that you can invoke from the command line? In that case, most of these are implemented as separate executables in the \windows\system32 folder (e.g. tftp.exe, finger.exe etc.) so you can just remove those files or place restrictions on who can access them.

Some of these (RWALL, RUSER, NETSTAT etc.) are not part of a standard Windows install as far as I know. Perhaps they were added by something you added later?
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nahumbaAuthor Commented:
I have a specifications book for a server which says to disable these services... I searched google for hours ( since I myself have some knowledge with w2k3) and couldn't find what this book means.

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r-kCommented:
OK, I understand. That book must be talking in general terms, i.e. IF those services are installed. They are not installed by default on Server 2003, so I would not worry about those specifically. To see what services are running on your server, type:

 > net start

at a command prompt. Also you can use Control Panel -> Admin Tools -> Services

Which Services you should disable depends on your needs and what you're using the server for (e.g. if it's a web server then don't turn off the web service), and Windows 2003 is reasonably secure out of the box. You may find the following helpful:

 http://searchwindowssecurity.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid45_gci1153466,00.html


 
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nahumbaAuthor Commented:
Thanks r-k! I just thought that if these services (i.e., echo, finger...) are mentioned, then there's must be a way to disable them - but as I did not find any information on this over the web, I'll assume they are talking in general terms.

cheers!
nahumba
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r-kCommented:
Thanks and good luck!
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