Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 34871
xinetd (mostly) fails to start telnet server
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:32:33 EDT
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xinetd is configured with an enabled telnet service; chkconfig confirms
this. The configuration causes xinetd to listen to port 23 on all
interfaces (netstat -a confirms this), and has no restrictions on the
source address for the connection. Firewall rules allow the connection to
be made through any interface (for now).
After freshly restarting xinetd, I can usually succeed in getting a telnet
connection through to the host.
However, xinetd fails to start the telnet server for any subsequent
connection attempt. The error logged implies a failure in system call
The behaviour is consistent when attempting to use telnet from a remote
host and when attempting to connect via 127.0.0.1
Actual syslog logs (debug level) are as follows:
xinetd START: telnet pid=911 from 127.0.0.1
xinetd START: telnet pid=915 from 127.0.0.1
xinetd execv( /usr/sbin/in.telnetd ) failed: Bad address (errno=14).
It appears (from /usr/include/asm/errno.h) that execv() is returning
EFAULT; "man execve" says EFAULT is returned when "<filename> points
outside your accessible address space."
Steps to Reproduce:
1. enable service in /etc/xinetd.d/telnet
2. /etc/rc.d/init/xinetd restart
3. telnet 127.0.0.1
4. telnet 127.0.0.1
5. goto 2.
Actual Results: At step 3, telnet responds with the login prompt.
At step 4, the connection is dropped "Connection closed by foreign host"
This should be fixed as of xinetd-22.214.171.124pre14-4 (-5 is in Wolverine) and later.
Please reopen this bug ID if you find that this is not the case. Thanks!