Re: Bad exim configuration (was: fetchmail gives me headache)
On 24, aug, 2000 at 09:05:35 +0200, Andreas Hetzmannseder wrote:
> Morten Liebach wrote:
> nmap now gives me the following list:
> Open ports on woof (127.0.0.1):
> Port Number Protocol Service
> 25 tcp smtp
> 111 tcp sunrpc
> 515 tcp printer
> ...though I still don't know what sunrpc is good for.
Script-kiddies like it (or so I've heard)! :-)
On Potato, and probably Slink, you can disable it with the command:
/usr/sbin/update-rc.d -f portmap remove
It will remove the symlinks to the /etc/init.d/portmap script, which
is the script that starts the portmapper on port 111 (and call it
sunrpc, which, I believe, stands for Sun Remote Procedure Call).
Iff only your own machine should connect to services on it, you can put
in the file /etc/hosts.deny, that way all connections from outside will
be deny'ed for programs compiled with TCP-wrappers (everything you start
from inetd, + a few others).
If you do these things you box should be very secure.
> By entering 'andy' I have got messages from my system delivered to
> I have to explain that this isn't really local delivery as I have a
> standalone PC with no LAN. It just goes from localhost to localhost.
> This happened several times and I felt nothing bad about it.
> Isn't this common practice? If not, what else should I enter?
This is as it should be. And it is ``local delivery''.
> > > Well, at least I know that exim works for _local deliveries_ [...]
> > So it is just a broken inetd.conf.
> Shouldn't inetd.conf have been updated during the installation of exim?
I think it should, but I don't know about Slink, I only know Potato.
> Perhaps it is a bug in the exim package, but I haven't checked the bug
> report yet.
> > Fix it as per above, and do a ``killall -HUP inetd''.
> And so I did. Mail is now delivered to /var/spool/mail/andy just like
> I thought. Thank you very much again.
> The next thing will be setting up mutt.
> > > > [...] Look at my homepage [...]
> I will have a thorough look at your .muttrc...
Remember, it is for version 1.2.5i, and it is not at all compatible with
1.0.* or earlier versions.
You can get the source from
ftp://ftp.mutt.org/pub/mutt/mutt-1.2.5i.tar.gz (1927KB). tar -zxvf
mutt-1.2.5i.tar.gz, cd mutt-1.2.5 and read the README and the INSTALL,
and do as they say: ./configure <arguments> ; make ; (as root) make
This is very simple advice, but your setup is also rather simple, so I
think it'll work.
BTW, if you need a later X than the one from Slink it might be possible
to download the debs from Potato and install them. Check the archives,
ask this list; I don't know whether it would be easier to do a
distupgrade or this (but with a distupgrade you get a lot of new and
improved stuff ... your call).
Take care, Have fun
PS: Standard disclaimer: I _only_ know Debian Potato, I've used it
allmost exclusively for the last 4-5 months, and I have no
experience with Slink whatsoever.
I've allmost forgotten how it is to use RedHat and SuSE. ;-)
: Browse around in the /etc/rc.* dirs, and look at it, it tells you a
lot about what's going on at init(8).
/usr/sbin/update-rc.d is the tool you use to change the symlinks
there the Debian Way(TM), which is a good way! Read update-rc.d(8).
UNIX, reach out and grep someone!