running linux on telnet from another computer

Janina Sajka janina at
Mon Oct 11 19:41:35 UTC 2004

Always use ssh instead of telnet. You don't want to invite unauthorized
access of your systems, and telnet does put you at risk.

Tim Chase writes:
> >I know that i can use telnet to connect, but can I get out into the 
> >linux environment too?
> Writing network exposed services can be a dangerous game, as any 
> bugs can expose you to remote exploits.  If you're using some 
> kinder language (such as perl, python, or php, or whatever--other 
> than C/C++/pascal and the like in which buffer-overflows are more 
> likely to crop up) you likely have less with which to concern 
> yourself.  So yes, there's always the possibility of a security 
> breach due to some obscure scenario you never considered, and 
> that could allow access.
> If you intend to proceed, you can wrap things fairly tightly by 
> making a chroot jail in which the app can't escape.  It certainly 
> makes matters more difficult for an attacker.  This would be 
> particularly easy if you just have a few configuration files and 
> your main executable--no need to have access to all sorts of 
> other software (ls, cat, etc).
> Lastly, you may want to wrap things in a ssh tunnel as passwords 
> are sent plain-text when using a generic telnet connection.  This 
> may be something about which you don't care, but it's always nice 
> to respect the privacy wishes of those visiting your mud. (grins)
> Hope this helps,
> -tim
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