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Article ID : 1000413.1
Article Type : Sun Alerts (SURE)
Last reviewed : 2003-08-07
Audience : PUBLIC
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Solaris 2.6 and 7 cachefs Patches May Overwrite the inetd.conf(4) File


Release Phase

Solaris 2.6 Operating System
Solaris 7 Operating System

Bug Id

Date of Resolved Release


On Solaris 2.6 and Solaris 7 systems, the inetd.conf(4) file may get erroneously overwritten during installation of certain cachefs patches. The resulting new "inetd.conf" file may re-enable services that were previously disabled (e.g. for security reasons).

Contributing Factors

This issue can occur in the following releases:

SPARC Platform

  • Solaris 2.6 with patch 105693-13 and without patch 105693-14
  • Solaris 7 with patch 108800-02 and without patch 108800-03

x86 Platform

  • Solaris 2.6 with patch 105694-13 and without patch 105694-14
  • Solaris 7 with patch 108801-02 and without patch 108801-03

Note: Solaris 8 and 9 are not affected by this issue. The cachefs patches are part of the current "Recommended & Security Patches" cluster.


After installation of one of the above listed patches, some services may be enabled which were previously disabled. The symptoms experienced will depend upon which services had been disabled.


To work around the described issue, make a backup copy of the existing inetd.conf(4) file before installing the cachefs patches and then restore the inetd.conf(4) file after patch installation. For example:

    # cp /etc/inet/inetd.conf /etc/inetd/inetd.conf.prepatch
# patchadd <cachefs patch>
# cp /etc/inet/inetd.conf.prepatch /etc/inetd/inetd.conf

If the Solaris 2.6 or 7 cachefs patches have already been installed on the system, review the inetd.conf(4) file for entries which may have been changed by the patch installation.


This issue is addressed in the following releases:

SPARC Platform

  • Solaris 2.6 with patch 105693-14 or later
  • Solaris 7 with patch 108800-03 or later

x86 Platform

  • Solaris 2.6 with patch 105694-14 or later
  • Solaris 7 with patch 108801-03 or later

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