Discard Service Detection

Info Nessus Plugin ID 11367


A discard service is running on the remote host.


The remote host is running a 'discard' service. This service typically sets up a listening socket and will ignore all the data which it receives.

This service is unused these days, so it is advised that you disable it.


- Under Unix systems, comment out the 'discard' line in /etc/inetd.conf and restart the inetd process
- Under Windows systems, set the following registry key to 0 :
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\SimpTCP\Parameters\EnableTcpDiscard Then launch cmd.exe and type :

net stop simptcp net start simptcp To restart the service.

Plugin Details

Severity: Info

ID: 11367

File Name: SHN_discard.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: remote

Published: 2003/03/12

Modified: 2011/03/11

Dependencies: 17975

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Info