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Finger

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
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Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

The remote host is running the 'finger' service.

The purpose of this service is to show who is currently logged
into the remote system, and to give information about the users
of the remote system.

It provides useful information to attackers, since it permits them
to gain usernames, acertain how used a machine is, and see when
each user logged in for the last time.


Solution :
Comment out the 'finger' line in /etc/inetd.conf and restart
the inetd process

Network Security Threat Level: Low

Networks Security ID:

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 1999 Renaud Deraison

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