tcpwrappers problem

Didier Wiroth didier.wiroth at
Mon Apr 18 04:26:18 PDT 2005

(using freebsd5.4-stable)

I'm trying to display a ftpd banner with hosts.allow, but it doesn't work.

I'm using ftpd (/usr/libexec/ftpd) started through inetd.
Ined is started with standard flags: 
/usr/sbin/inetd -wW -C 60

In hosts.allow I have:
ALL : ALL : allow
ALL : ALL : banners /usr/local/etc/banners/
ALL : PARANOID : RFC931 20 : deny

In /usr.../banners/ I've a banner called: ftpd and inetd and ftp etc.. copied the banner to different names to be sure ... ;-) 

The directory is world r-x and the banners are world readable. 

When changing for example: ALL:ALL:allow to ALL:ALL:deny, ftpd connections are blocked, so I assume the wrappers work.

Why isn't my banner displayed?

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