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RedHat Linux The inetd server as shipped with Red Hat Linux 6.2 fails to close socketsfor internal services properly.

                   Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Updated inetd packages available for Red Hat Linux 6.2
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2001:006-03
Issue date:        2001-01-25
Updated on:        2001-01-30
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Keywords:          inetd close open files
Cross references:  

1. Topic:

The inetd server as shipped with Red Hat Linux 6.2 fails to close sockets
for internal services properly.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 6.2 - alpha, i386, sparc

3. Problem description:

The inetd server as shipped with Red Hat Linux 6.2 fails to close sockets
for internal service properly. This could make services stop working when
the system had leaked sufficient resources.

Note that all of these services are turned off in the default configuration.

4. Solution:

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh 

where  is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade.  Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated.  Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated.  Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directly *only* contains the
desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network.  Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates.  To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

5. Bug IDs fixed  (http://bugzilla.Red for more info):

16729 - inetd does not close connection when daytime service is called
15908 - Misspelled variable in inetd start script

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 6.2:





7. Verification:

MD5 sum                           Package Name
82ca947aecbd065673a96ef25f3b3460  6.2/SRPMS/inetd-0.16-7.src.rpm
96e032a76fdc0a9dbb1e42c937b54831  6.2/alpha/inetd-0.16-7.alpha.rpm
60ad8ad297b03a9b90e69a2e5c06c185  6.2/i386/inetd-0.16-7.i386.rpm
0a76edd3ef240e6e4da5382a359b7850  6.2/sparc/inetd-0.16-7.sparc.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security.  Our key
is available at:

You can verify each package with the following command:
    rpm --checksig  

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or
tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:
    rpm --checksig --nogpg 

8. References:

Copyright(c) 2000, 2001 Red Hat, Inc.

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