[arch-dev-public] tcp_wrappers- does anyone actually use it?

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Sun Dec 12 20:04:07 EST 2010

Got very little feedback on this last time...any votes? Saw another
thread[1] in the forums today about it causing problems with mpd this
time around...


[1] https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=109962

On Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 7:38 AM, Dan McGee <dpmcgee at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 2:12 AM, Guillaume ALAUX
> <guillaume at archlinux.org> wrote:
>> On 9 September 2010 19:39, Dan McGee <dpmcgee at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Guys,
>>> For the umpteenth time today I stared at ssh wondering why it wasn't
>>> accepting incoming connections until I remembered about tcp_wrappers
>>> junk, and put the standard "sshd : ALL : allow" line in hosts.allow.
>>> Does anyone use this for anything useful at all?
>>> 1. The package is now at version 7.6-12 (clearly it is getting a lot
>>> of upstream attention)
>>> 2. We have 11 patches applied to the package
>>> 3. It is inferior to iptables-based filtering
>>> 4. It is not very transparent
>>> Discussion welcome, but I am raising a vote to remove this dependency
>>> from packages currently using it (hopefully this is possible for all
>>> 21 of them, http://www.archlinux.org/packages/core/x86_64/tcp_wrappers/)
>>> and eventually remove it from core and the repositories.
>>> -Dan
>> Well, I must say it gave me headaches several times especially when
>> trying to figure out how to get openldap (and sshd) to work!
>>> 4. It is not very transparent
>> +1
>> FYI it looks like we use the "ipv4 only" version whereas there is the
>> ipv6-enabled :
>> ftp://ftp.porcupine.org/pub/security/index.html
>> ftp://ftp.porcupine.org/pub/security/tcp_wrappers_7.6.tar.gz
>> ftp://ftp.porcupine.org/pub/security/tcp_wrappers_7.6-ipv6.4.tar.gz
>> So we are not even "up to date" nor ipv6-compatible !
>> Adding your other comments, I would vote for a removal of the
>> dependencies. Maybe we can still keep the package in our repos in case
>> someone explicitly want to use it (in that case we could provide de
>> ipv6 version too).
> The last updated added the ipv6 patch, so you might want to check your words.
> Keeping the package in the repos does no good; it is a shared library
> that is most often linked in at compile-time so it needs to be present
> if compiled in, and if not, it won't even be looked at.
> -Dan

More information about the arch-dev-public mailing list