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xinetd is a replacement for inetd, the internet services daemon. Anybody can use it to start servers that don't require privileged ports because xinetd does not require that the services in its configuration file be listed in /etc/services. It can do access control on all services based on the address of the remote host, time of access, connection attempts, or process limits. Access control works on all services, whether multi-threaded or single-threaded and for both the TCP and UDP protocols. xinetd supports both internal access control, and the use of the libwrap library. IPv6 with access control is also supported. It can redirect service requests to other machines, and has the standard built in services, including tcpmux.


Recent releases

  •  02 Feb 2004 12:20

    Release Notes: This release fixes several bugs that resulted in core dumps, updates configuration files, fixes a DOS bug, and improves handling of IPv4 mapped IPv6 addresses.

    •  06 Aug 2003 12:23

      Release Notes: A number of memory leaks were fixed. A command-line option not to fork was added so that xinetd can be run from init. Major bugs in the reload config handlers were fixed. File descriptor leaks on reload were fixed. A double free in the retry logic was fixed. Looping problems for UDP when access control rejects the packet were fixed. The memory footprint of xinetd was reduced.

      •  15 Apr 2003 20:22

        Release Notes: This release fixes memory leaks introduced in 2.3.10, makes tcpmux work again, corrects bind directives in the defaults section, and adds numerous code cleanups.

        •  12 Jan 2003 04:44

          Release Notes: A fix for a bug that disables services on reconfig, a fix for a bug that leads to "out of descriptors message", cleanups for memory leaks, improved descriptor management, new syslog facilities, corrections for some portability issues, a fix for a bug in the consistency check, and correction of an internal services problem with tcp_wrappers.

          •  25 Sep 2002 12:25

            Release Notes: Bugs in the parser were fixed. Service names can now be used rather than port numbers. Problems in access controls were fixed. Time service output is now in network byte order. tcpmux was updated. A race which occurred if only 1 wait service was specified was fixed.


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