Subject: Re: telnet login problem revisited
To: Martin Husemann <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/20/2005 09:37:20
In message <>, Martin Husemann writes:
>On Tue, Apr 19, 2005 at 06:10:02PM -0700, Bill Studenmund wrote:
>> We have, however, not removed support for insecure telnet, and all you 
>> have to do to get it is remove the "-a valid" option. Given how vulnerable
>> insecure telnet is, I think an admin must perform some action to get it.
>Well, he has to uncomment that inetd.conf line in the first place ;-)
>Can someone explain what "-a valid" does? I do not understand what
>telnetd(8) is trying to say.

It's certainly quite unclear.  I assume it's related to pam, but I 
haven't verified that.

		--Prof. Steven M. Bellovin,