inetd on FreeBSD 5.0

General Information

Inetd (also called the internet super daemon) is a server which listens on various ports of the computer it’s being run on and launches specified programs once something contacts that port. On a default install of FreeBSD 5.x, inetd is disabled due to potential security problems it might have later down the road, such as a hacker gaining root access and adding some sort of program to be run on a certain port using inetd. The possibility of a hacker gaining access to the root account and getting to inetd’s configuration files is very slim due to the secure nature of FreeBSD, but they decided to disable it anyway. Enabling inetd is required in my qmail+vpopmail+qmailadmin tutorial.

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