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Thread: Why use Telnet or FTP?

  1. #1
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    Nov 2002

    Why use Telnet or FTP?

    My local linux group has a main admin who has signed everyone up for something called unix tips, they come everyday and this one is called: Lock Down Telnet or FTP


    Unix Tip 1879 - February 22, 2003


    When inbound access isn't required into
    a system deny users Telnet or FTP access
    do the following:

    vi /etc/inetd.conf

    Comment the line starts with Telnet or
    FTP. Save the file and exit.

    Stop and start the inetd daemon now by
    following commands:

    /etc/rc.d/init.d/inet stop

    /etc/rc.d/init.d/inet start

    (Your flavor may be /etc/init.d)

    Now on nobody can telnet or FTP to your
    server from outside network.

    This tip generously supported by: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    My question is, why run these services when passwords are not encrypted? The liability is too great.


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    Purveyor of Lather Syini666's Avatar
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    IMHO there really isint much of a reason to use telnet, because as you said it sends its passwords and everything else unencrypted, unless perhaps you were running a honeypot, but thats a different story altogether. As far as FTP goes, its pretty useful if you have to move large files around, though I don't think I would go with a standard FTPd, instead I would pick something like VsFTPd.
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    Common sence should tell you to use SSH or sFTP to access a server. However, its not always a solution. Let say you have a webserver with frontpage extentions. Microsoft makes it easiser for you to connect through port 80 unencrypted. Although frontpage extentions have alot of secuity issues. The common guy will still use it to connect to his server.

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    Since the question is 'why use telnet or ftp ?'
    Ftp still is used alot, if you have not used it you have not been around.
    Telnet is a remainder off the old days where only the server had the power to process difficult jobs. It is quite hard to unbuild this from a stack of protocols like TCP/IP.
    You can offcourse disable the service if you do not use it, there are more secure ways to remotely control a computer nowadays. Just remember that the securer ways would not have been here if the insecure way was not invented first. In the old days you had less worries about someone trying to steal a plaintext password. There were mischievious people who you had to take account for but in the begining of the net security was not the primary concern.
    Hope this answers your question.

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    I personally do not run either of these services. I use ssh for remote login and scp for remote file transfers. The university I attend also does this, at least within the computer science department.
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