FINGERD(8) BSD System Manager's Manual FINGERD(8)
fingerd -- remote user information server
fingerd [-wulf] [-pL path] [-t timeout]
Fingerd is a simple daemon based on RFC1196 that provides an interface to the ``finger'' program at most network sites. The program is sup-
posed to return a friendly, human-oriented status report on either the system at the moment or a particular person in depth.
If the -w option is given, remote users will get an additional ``Welcome to ...'' banner which also shows some informations (e.g. uptime,
operating system name and release) about the system the fingerd is running on. Some sites may consider this a security risk as it gives out
information that may be useful to crackers.
If the -u option is given, requests of the form ``finger @host'' are rejected.
If the -l option is given, information about requests made is logged. This option probably violates users' privacy and should not be used on
If the -f option is given, finger forwarding (user@host1@host2) is allowed. Useful behind firewalls, but probably not wise for security and
The -p option allows specification of an alternate location for fingerd to find the ``finger'' program. The -L option is equivalent.
The -t option specifies the time to wait for a request before closing the connection. A value of 0 waits forever. The default is 60 sec-
Starting and stopping the daemon is handled by systemd(1). Fingerd is not enabled by default after the installation. Its running state can be
managed using systemctl(1) commands. If you need to specify some options to fingerd you should copy the finger@.service file from
/lib/systemd/system to /etc/systemd/system and edit it there.
The finger protocol consists mostly of specifying command arguments. The systemd(1) runs fingerd for TCP requests received on port 79. Once
connected fingerd reads a single command line terminated by a <CRLF> which is passed to finger(1). It closes its connections as soon as all
output is finished.
If the line is empty (i.e. just a <CRLF> is sent) then finger returns a ``default'' report that lists all people logged into the system at
that moment. This feature is blocked by the -u option.
If a user name is specified (e.g. eric<CRLF>) then the response lists more extended information for only that particular user, whether
logged in or not. Allowable ``names'' in the command line include both ``login names'' and ``user names''. If a name is ambiguous, all pos-
sible derivations are returned.
finger(1), systemd(1), systemctl(1)
Connecting directly to the server from a TIP or an equally narrow-minded TELNET-protocol user program can result in meaningless attempts at
option negotiation being sent to the server, which will foul up the command line interpretation.
The finger daemon appeared in 4.3BSD.
Linux NetKit (0.17) August 29, 1996 Linux NetKit (0.17)