remote shell server
rshd server is the server for the
rcmd(3) routine and, consequently, for the
rsh(1) program. The server provides remote execution facilities with
authentication based on privileged port numbers from trusted hosts.
The options are as follows:
- Ask hostname for verification.
- Log successful accesses very verbosely.
- Prevent any authentication based on the user's .rhosts file, unless the user is logging in as the superuser.
- Disable keep-alive messages.
rshd server listens for service
requests at the port indicated in the “cmd” service
services(5). When a service request is received the following
protocol is initiated:
- The server checks the client's source port. If the port is not in the range 512-1023, the server aborts the connection.
- The server reads characters from the socket up to a null
\0’) byte. The resultant string is interpreted as an ASCII number, base 10.
- If the number received in step 2 is non-zero, it is interpreted as the port number of a secondary stream to be used for the stderr. A second connection is then created to the specified port on the client's machine. The source port of this second connection is also in the range 512-1023.
- The server checks the client's source address and requests the
corresponding host name (see
named(8)). If the hostname cannot be determined, the dot-notation
representation of the host address is used. If the hostname is in the same
domain as the server (according to the last two components of the domain
name), or if the
-aoption is given, the addresses for the hostname are requested, verifying that the name and address correspond. If address verification fails, the connection is aborted with the message “Host address mismatch.”.
- A null terminated user name of at most 16 characters is retrieved on the initial socket. This user name is interpreted as the user identity on the client's machine.
- A null terminated user name of at most 16 characters is retrieved on the initial socket. This user name is interpreted as a user identity to use on the server's machine.
- A null terminated command to be passed to a shell is retrieved on the initial socket. The length of the command is limited by the upper bound on the size of the system's argument list.
rshdthen validates the user using ruserok(3), which uses the file /etc/hosts.equiv and the .rhosts file found in the user's home directory. The
-loption prevents ruserok(3) from doing any validation based on the user's .rhosts file, unless the user is the superuser.
- If the file /etc/nologin exists and the user is not the superuser, the connection is closed.
- A null byte is returned on the initial socket and the command line is
passed to the normal login shell of the user. The shell inherits the
network connections established by
Transport-level keepalive messages are enabled unless the
-n option is present. The use of keepalive messages
allows sessions to be timed out if the client crashes or becomes
-L option causes all successful
accesses to be logged to
Except for the last one listed below, all diagnostic messages are returned on the initial socket, after which any network connections are closed. An error is indicated by a leading byte with a value of 1 (0 is returned in step 10 above upon successful completion of all the steps prior to the execution of the login shell).
- Locuser too long.
- The name of the user on the client's machine is longer than 16 characters.
- Ruser too long.
- The name of the user on the remote machine is longer than 16 characters.
- Command too long.
- The command line passed exceeds the size of the argument list (as configured into the system).
- Remote directory.
- The chdir(2) command to the home directory failed.
- Permission denied.
- The authentication procedure described above failed or there is no password file entry for the specified user.
- Can't make pipe.
- The pipe needed for the stderr, wasn't created.
- Can't fork; try again.
- A fork(2) by the server failed.
- <shellname>: ...
- The user's login shell could not be started. This message is returned on the connection associated with the stderr, and is not preceded by a flag byte.
rsh(1), ssh(1), rcmd(3), ruserok(3)
The authentication procedure used here assumes the integrity of each client machine and the connecting medium. This is insecure, so ssh(1) should be used instead.
A more extensible protocol (such as ssh(1)) should be used.