Thursday, May 17, 2007

Configuring rsh service on Linux

By default the rsh service is not enabled (obviously).

So here are the steps

1. Check if the rpms are installed. (else use the cd's to install)
redhat# rpm -qa|grep rsh
2. In /etc/xinetd.d/rsh set disable = no
3. Edit the following files

redhat# cat /etc/hosts.allow
# hosts.allow This file describes the names of the hosts which are
# allowed to use the local INET services, as decided
# by the '/usr/sbin/tcpd' server.
ALL : localhost/hostA
redhat# cat /etc/hosts.equiv
redhat# cat .rhosts
+ user1

4. /etc/init.d/xinetd restart
5. Test the above
redhat# rsh localhost
//password less login to remote machine

Disclaimer: more secure services like ssh are recommended than services like rsh.