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Vulnerability Assessment Details

Finger redirection check

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Finger user@host1@host2

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

The remote finger service accepts to redirect requests. That is, users can
perform requests like :

finger user@host@victim

This permits a possible hacker to use this computer as a relay to gather information
on a third party network.

Solution: Disable the remote finger daemon (comment out the 'finger' line
in /etc/inetd.conf and restart the inetd process) or upgrade it to a more
secure one.

Network Security Threat Level: Low

Networks Security ID:

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

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