I want to make "finger" harmless on Solaris 10, and I see this in the man page;

   fingerd supports the following option.
  -s    Enable secure mode. Deny forwarding of queries to other remote hosts.

Is it possible to change the start-up options for the in.fingerd without "cheating" and editing the manifest (/var/svc/manifest/network/finger.xml) itself?


Turns out the official way to modify an SMF of an inetd-managed service is with inetadm;


inetadm -l svc:/network/finger:default | grep exec


inetadm -m svc:/network/finger:default exec="/usr/sbin/in.fingerd -s"


inetadm -l svc:/network/finger:default | grep exec
         exec="/usr/sbin/in.fingerd -s"

In general, you should be able to change the "start/exec" property of a service with svccfg command:

svccfg -s FMRI setprop start/exec = astring: \"PATH_TO_EXECUTABLE COMMAND_LINE_OPTIONS\"

Then, refresh and restart the service:

svcadm refresh FMRI
svcadm restart FMRI
  • Found out that for an SMF using inetd, there is no "start/exec". To view the command that starts the inetd-managed SMF, you have to run; svcprop -p inetd_start/exec svc:/network/finger:default Which shows /usr/sbin/in.fingerd. I'm so close, I just keep getting a syntax error when I try to modify this... svccfg -s svc:/network/finger:default setprop inet_start/exec = astring: "/usr/sbin/in.fingerd -s" – Signal15 Aug 19 '13 at 15:12
  • Thanks, but it turns out 'inetadm' is the only way to pull it off. 'svccfg' keeps throwing "Syntax Error". – Signal15 Aug 19 '13 at 15:37

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