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Disabling Port 113 IDENT Requests

Problem Description

You are seeing port 113 return requests either from your Nagios XI server (when submitting NSCA passive results) to the originating host OR you are seeing port 113 return requests when checking NRPE services).

You will see this behaviour on your firewall logs as you will most likely not have a firewall rule for port 113.

 

 

Explanation

This is usually because you are running an NRPE check through XINETD with USERID included on the log_on_success or log_on_failure options in your remote hosts /etc/xinetd.d/nrpe file.

OR this could be because you are submitting passive results to the XI server through NSCA (which is running under XINETD) /etc/xinetd.d/nsca with the same options as above.

Further information can be found in the following link:

https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/4/html/Reference_Guide/s2-tcpwrappers-xinetd-alt.html#s3-tcpwrappers-xinetd-alt-log

Note that the USERID option requires an IDENT request to port 113 on the originating server to determine the USERID, that's why you're seeing it.

 

Resolution

Then remove the USERID option from the log_on_failure AND log_on_success to stop the IDENT from occurring. The file you need to change depends on:

  • NRPE on remote host
    • /etc/xinetd.d/nrpe
  • NSCA on Nagios XI server
    • /etc/xinetd.d/nsca

For example, either comment this line out or remove it completely:

# default: on
# description: NSCA (Nagios Service Check Acceptor)
service nsca
{
           flags = REUSE
           socket_type = stream        
           wait = no
           user = nagios
           group = nagios
           server = /usr/local/nagios/bin/nsca
           server_args = -c /usr/local/nagios/etc/nsca.cfg --inetd
           log_on_failure += USERID
           disable = no
           only_from = 127.0.0.1
}

 

After making the changes you need to restart the xinetd service using one of the commands below:

RHEL 6 | CentOS 6 | Oracle Linux 6 | Ubuntu 14

service xinetd restart

 

RHEL 7 | CentOS 7 | Oracle Linux 7 | Debian | Ubuntu 16/18

systemctl restart xinetd.service

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

For any support related questions please visit the Nagios Support Forums at:

http://support.nagios.com/forum/

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