4.350. xinetd

An updated xinetd package that fixes one bug is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Extended Update Support.
Xinetd is a secure replacement for inetd, the Internet services daemon. Xinetd provides access control for all services based on the address of the remote host and/or on time of access, and can prevent denial-of-access attacks. Xinetd provides extensive logging, has no limit on the number of server arguments, and allows users to bind specific services to specific IP addresses on a host machine. Each service has its own specific configuration file for Xinetd; the files are located in the /etc/xinetd.d directory.

Bug Fix

BZ#841915
Due to incorrect handling of a file descriptor array in the service.c source file, some of the descriptors remained open when xinetd was under heavy load. Additionally, the system log was filled with a large number of messages that took up a lot of disk space over time. This bug has been fixed in the code, xinetd now handles the file descriptors correctly and no longer fills the system log.
All users of xinetd are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which fixes this bug.
An updated xinetd package that fixes two bugs is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The xinetd daemon is a secure replacement for inetd, the Internet services daemon. It provides access control for all services based on the address of the remote host and/or on time of access, and can prevent denial of service (DoS) attacks.

Bug Fixes

BZ#706976
Previously, the configuration files of the xinetd utility were readable for all users. This update makes the permissions more restrictive and the configuration files are now readable only by root.
BZ#738662
Previously, the /etc/xinet.d/ directory was owned by both the filesystem and xinetd packages. This bug has been fixed, and the directory is now owned only by the filesystem package.
Users of xinetd are advised to upgrade to this updated package which fixes these bugs.