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

Guillaume ALAUX guillaume at archlinux.org
Fri Sep 10 03:12:21 EDT 2010

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

FYI it looks like we use the "ipv4 only" version whereas there is the
ipv6-enabled :

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).


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