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Old 10-24-2012
rexec not working properly


I am trying to enable rexec to automate certain tasks(it has to be rexec, not ssh or any other due to the system environment), so after switching to linux, I followed the certain instructions that were laid out in the web.

My operating system is fedora 17, so I first installed the rsh-server.i686 package(which includes rexec), enabled it from /etc/xinetd.d/rexec by changing it as the following :

# default: off
# description: Rexecd is the server for the rexec(3) routine.  The server \
#       provides remote execution facilities with authentication based \
#       on user names and passwords.
service exec
        socket_type             = stream
        wait                    = no
        user                    = root
        log_on_success          += USERID
        log_on_failure          += USERID
        server                  = /usr/sbin/in.rexecd
        disable                 = no

I also edited /etc/pam.d/rexec and commented out the nologin line like this :

# For root login to succeed here with pam_securetty, "rexec" must be
# listed in /etc/securetty.
#auth       required
auth       required
auth       required
auth       include      password-auth
auth       sufficient
account    include      password-auth
session    optional    force revoke
session    required
session    include      password-auth

I've added + + in the .rhosts file for each user and also the /etc/hosts.equiv file(which will later be replaced by hostname/user, but for now, + + for testing purposes).
I also added rexec in /etc/securetty. Then I restarted xinetd. Just in case, I temporarily disabled SELinux and iptables also so nothing will get in the way.

I believe I followed all the right procedures in order to get rexec working, but when I issue the command, it seems to work but the output is plain blank :

[root@localhost test]# rexec -lusername -ppassword -d id
rexec: Host =
rexec: Command to execute = id

The reason why I think it's partially working is because there is no delay when executing the command, and there is no error message.
But the result does not seem to output back to the host.
The port 512 is listening so the rexecd daemon seems to be working fine.

Does any know how to fix this?

Last edited by Scott; 10-25-2012 at 03:08 AM.. Reason: Code tags
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Old 10-25-2012
I can't say for Fedora but on AIX you also need the portmapper service enabled. Might that be the case here too?

Further, according to this there might be proper name resolution necessary. Is that the case?

I hope this helps.

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