WEIRD: telnet

Anthony Atkielski atkielski.anthony at
Sun Feb 13 15:18:31 GMT 2005

Chris writes:

> Leaving the ports issue out of it (or not) we need to tell him why
> Telnet is not a good thing... And that would be, Telnet passes clear 
> text whereas ssh does not.

How can he test something on port 61 without telnet?  ssh requires its
own port, and since it is a complex protocol, it cannot connect to just
any port as telnet can.

Additionally, the danger is in telnetd daemons, not in telnet clients,
and the client is what is being used here.

> Assuming he's setting up telnet on his device. Perhaps the user is just
> ignorant to what ssh is.

There's no danger in setting up a telnet client.  I routinely use the
client to check that services are listening on key ports, such as smtp
or pop3 or http.


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