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Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2019
 
 

in.rshd(8)

Name

in.rshd, rshd - remote shell server

Synopsis

in.rshd [-k5eciU] [-s tos] [-S keytab] [-M realm] 
     [-L env_var] host.port

Description

in.rshd is the server for the rsh(1) program. The server provides remote execution facilities with authentication based on Kerberos V5 or privileged port numbers.

in.rshd is invoked by inetd(8) each time a shell service is requested.

When Kerberos V5 authentication is required (this can be set with Kerberos-specific options listed below), the following protocol is initiated:

  1. Check Kerberos V5 authentication.

  2. Check the authorization rules.

  3. A null byte is returned on the initial socket and the command line is passed to the normal login shell of the user. (The PATH variable is set to /usr/bin.) The shell inherits the network connections established by in.rshd.

In order for Kerberos authentication to work, a host/<FQDN> Kerberos principal must exist for each Fully Qualified Domain Name associated with the in.rshd server. Each of these host/<FQDN> principals must have a keytab entry in the /etc/krb5/krb5.keytab file on the in.rshd server. An example principal might be:

host/bigmachine.eng.example.com

See kadmin for instructions on adding a principal to a krb5.keytab file.

If Kerberos V5 authentication is not enabled, then in.rshd executes the following protocol:

  1. The server checks the client's source port. If the port is not in the range 512-1023, the server aborts the connection. The client's host address (in hex) and port number (in decimal) are the arguments passed to in.rshd.

  2. The server reads characters from the socket up to a null (\0) byte. The resultant string is interpreted as an ASCII number, base 10.

  3. 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.

  4. A null-terminated user name of at most 256 characters is retrieved on the initial socket. This user name is interpreted as the user identity on the client's machine.

  5. A null terminated user name of at most 256 characters is retrieved on the initial socket. This user name is interpreted as a user identity to use on the server's machine.

  6. 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.

  7. in.rshd then validates the user according to the following steps. The remote user name is looked up in the password file and a chdir is performed to the user's home directory. If the lookup fails, the connection is terminated. If the chdir fails, it does a chdir to / (root). If the user is not the superuser, (user ID 0), and if the pam_rhosts_auth PAM module is configured for authentication, the file /etc/hosts.equiv is consulted for a list of hosts considered “equivalent”. If the client's host name is present in this file, the authentication is considered successful. See the SECURITY section below for a discussion of PAM authentication.

    If the lookup fails, or the user is the superuser, then the file .rhosts in the home directory of the remote user is checked for the machine name and identity of the user on the client's machine. If this lookup fails, the connection is terminated

  8. A null byte is returned on the initial connection and the command line is passed to the normal login shell of the user. The PATH variable is set to /usr/bin. The shell inherits the network connections established by in.rshd.

Options

The following options are supported:

–L env_var

List of environment variables that need to be saved and passed along.

–s tos

Sets the IP TOS option.

–U

Refuses connections that cannot be mapped to a name through the getnameinfo(3C) function.

Usage

rshd and in.rshd are IPv6–enabled. See ip6(4P). IPv6 is not currently supported with Kerberos V5 authentication.

The Kerberized rshd service runs on port 544 (kshell). The corresponding FMRI entry is: :


svc:/network/shell:kshell (rshd with kerberos (ipv4 only))

Security

in.rshd uses pam(3PAM) for authentication, account management, and session management. The PAM configuration policy, configured in /etc/pam.conf or per-service files in /etc/pam.d/, specifies the modules to be used for in.rshd. Here is a partial pam.conf file with entries for the rsh command using rhosts authentication, UNIX account management, and session management module.

rsh
auth
required
pam_rhosts_auth.so.1
rsh
account
required
pam_unix_roles.so.1
rsh
session
required
pam_unix_projects.so.1
rsh
session
required
pam_unix_account.so.1
rsh
session
required
pam_unix_session.so.1

The equivalent PAM configuration using /etc/pam.d/ would be the following entries in /etc/pam.d/rsh:

auth         required   pam_rhosts_auth.so.1
account      required   pam_unix_roles.so.1
session      required   pam_unix_projects.so.1
session      required   pam_unix_account.so.1
session      required   pam_unix_session.so.1

If there are no entries for the rsh service in /etc/pam.conf and /etc/pam.d/rsh does not exist then the entries for the “other” service in /etc/pam.conf are used. If there are not any entries in /etc/pam.conf for the “other”, then the entries in /etc/pam.d/other will be used. To maintain the authentication requirement for in.rshd, the rsh entry must always be configured with the pam_rhosts_auth.so.1 module.

in.rshd can authenticate using Kerberos V5 authentication or pam(3PAM). For Kerberized rsh service, the appropriate PAM service name is krsh.

Files

/etc/hosts.equiv

$HOME/.k5login

File containing Kerberos principals that are allowed access.

/etc/krb5/krb5.conf

Kerberos configuration file.

Attributes

See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

ATTRIBUTE TYPE
ATTRIBUTE VALUE
Availability
service/network/legacy-remote-utilities
Interface Stability
Obsolete

See Also

rsh(1), svcs(1), getnameinfo(3C), pam(3PAM), ip6(4P), hosts(5), pam.conf(5), attributes(7), environ(7), krb5_auth_rules (7) , pam_authtok_check(7), pam_authtok_get(7), pam_authtok_store(7), pam_dhkeys(7), pam_passwd_auth(7), pam_rhosts_auth(7), pam_unix_account(7), pam_unix_auth(7), pam_unix_session(7), smf(7), inetadm(8), inetd(8), svcadm(8)

Diagnostics

The following diagnostic messages are returned on the connection associated with stderr, after which any network connections are closed. An error is indicated by a leading byte with a value of 1 in step 8 above (0 is returned above upon successful completion of all the steps prior to the command execution).

locuser too long

The name of the user on the client's machine is longer than 256 characters.

remuser too long

The name of the user on the remote machine is longer than 256 characters.

command too long

The command line passed exceeds the size of the argument list (as configured into the system).

Hostname for your address unknown.

No entry in the host name database existed for the client's machine.

Login incorrect.

No password file entry for the user name existed.

Permission denied.

The authentication procedure described above failed.

Can't make pipe.

The pipe needed for the stderr was not created.

Try again.

A fork by the server failed.

Notes

The authentication procedure used here assumes the integrity of each client machine and the connecting medium. This is insecure, but it is useful in an “open” environment.

A facility to allow all data exchanges to be encrypted should be present.

The in.rshd service is managed by the service management facility, smf(7), under the service identifier:


svc:/network/shell:default

Administrative actions on this service, such as enabling, disabling, or requesting restart, can be performed using svcadm(8). Responsibility for initiating and restarting this service is delegated to inetd(8). Use inetadm(8) to make configuration changes and to view configuration information for this service. The service's status can be queried using the svcs(1) command.

This technology may be removed in a future release of Oracle Solaris.