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why telnet?
Authored by: wkoffel on Feb 07, '03 11:15:43AM


telnet is a general connection protocol. SSH is a particular protocol (secure shell). It so happens that telnet in the past was commonly used to get remote access to a machine's shell. That was one of the uses for the protocol. But it can also be used for 'tricks' like this, and the HTTP access example I give in my first reply to this thread. In fact, you can connect to just about any open port on a machine. But for many of the protocols, they aren't human read-able (like SSH key negotiations, try typing anything at port 22, it'll just shut down on you), so it isn't helpful to be able to connect to the port with telnet.

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