How to start rlogin in Solaris 10

If you install Solaris 10 from scratch, rsh/rlogin is not set up by default to work. While there are good reasons for this (one of them being plain text passwording like telnet), there are instances that you would still need to have it implemented and turned on. If you happen to need to do this? There are a couple lines you need to run as root:
% svcadm enable svc:/network/inetd:default
% svcadm enable svc:/network/login:rlogin
% svcadm enable svc:/network/shell:default
% svcadm enable svc:/network/login:rlogin
% svcadm refresh inetd

Doing this should take care of enabling the service. What’s interesting about this is that earlier installs of Solaris 10 didn’t have this disabled and it is actually later images that Sun has released that has these services disabled by default. Kind of annoying since the same major version keeps having different things go on which makes writing procedures for this installation extremely difficult.
In any case, hopefully knowing the svcadm command will assist in actually enabling and disabling other services in Solaris.

  • Long time SOlaris Amdin

    SSH is the new hotness among young administrators. Somehow the Linux community has told us that SSH is wonderful and rsh, rpc and rlogin is evil and dangerous. Rubbish! They don’t seem to understand the concept of a trusted system. I’ve used rsh/rlogin for years and have never been hacked. If your network is so insecure that you cannot use this very power funcionality internally, you you have a lot more to worry about than if ssh is more secure than rlogin.

  • Long time SOlaris Amdin

    SSH is the new hotness among young administrators. Somehow the Linux community has told us that SSH is wonderful and rsh, rpc and rlogin is evil and dangerous. Rubbish! They don’t seem to understand the concept of a trusted system. I’ve used rsh/rlogin for years and have never been hacked. If your network is so insecure that you cannot use this very power funcionality internally, you you have a lot more to worry about than if ssh is more secure than rlogin.