ssh fails with xinetd

Madhusudan R madhurjf at
Mon Jul 13 05:57:40 UTC 2009


I have a FreeBSD 6.2 system on which inetd was replaced with xinetd. Ever
since, I can't seem to get an ssh connection to the box, which was working
well with inetd. sshd is not running independently, but is spawned by inetd
(or xinetd) when there's a connection request. Here are a few things that
changed after bringing xinetd onboard.


service ssh
      socket_type             = stream
      wait                         = no
      protocol                   = tcp
      user                        = root
      server                      = /usr/sbin/sshd
      port                         = 22
      log_on_failure           += USERID

The telnet connections work well with xinetd, though. It's with ssh that I'm
seeing the problem. This is what is seen when a local connection is

$ ssh -v diag at
OpenSSH_4.2p1 FreeBSD-20050903, OpenSSL 0.9.7e-p1 25 Oct 2004
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: Connecting to [] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
debug1: identity file /var/home/diag/.ssh/identity type -1
debug1: identity file /var/home/diag/.ssh/id_rsa type -1
debug1: identity file /var/home/diag/.ssh/id_dsa type -1
debug1: ssh_exchange_identification: sshd re-exec requires execution with an
absolute path

ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host

Any idea on what's going on?


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