allowing root to rsh in

allowing root to rsh in

Post by Steve Hsi » Wed, 11 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Given two trusted machines, how can I allow root on one machine to
rsh/rlogin to the other machine without needing to enter a password?
I have added the machine names to both /etc/hosts.equiv and
/etc/hosts.allow, but this does not seem to allow root to rsh in
(other users can, just not root).

As of now, I get a permission denied message, and the following shows
up in the log:

I am using slackware 3.0, with the relevant inetd.conf line being:

shell   stream  tcp     nowait  root    /usr/sbin/tcpd  /usr/sbin/in.rshd

Besides telling me that this is all a bad idea, can someone tell me
what is actually preventing root for rsh'ing in, and how to turn off
this "safeguard"?

Stephen Hsieh              Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science



1. Allowing root to rsh

I put all the ttyps in /etc/securetty and root can now rsh in.
However, the first time it asks for the password, the login
fails.  Then it asks for the username and password again, like

login: root
Last login: Thu Feb 12 01:51:08 from cervesa.home-net
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This is on Red Hat, 4.2 and 5.0. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Larry D. Pyeatt                     All standard disclaimers apply.

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