xinetd daemon is a TCP-wrapped super service which controls access to a subset of popular network services, including FTP, IMAP, and Telnet. It also provides service-specific configuration options for access control, enhanced logging, binding, redirection, and resource utilization control.
When a client attempts to connect to a network service controlled by
xinetd, the super service receives the request and checks for any TCP Wrappers access control rules.
If access is allowed,
xinetd verifies that the connection is allowed under its own access rules for that service. It also checks that the service is able to have more resources assigned to it and that it is not in breach of any defined rules.
If all these conditions are met (that is, access is allowed to the service; the service has not reached its resource limit; and the service is not in breach of any defined rule),
xinetd then starts an instance of the requested service and passes control of the connection to it. After the connection has been established,
xinetd takes no further part in the communication between the client and the server.