(INternET Daemon) A Unix function that manages many common TCP/IP services. It is activated at startup and waits for various connection requests (FTP, Telnet, etc.) and launches the appropriate server components. See daemon.
A UNIX daemon software program that responds to connection requests on a defined list of ports and then starts the executable program to deliver the services associated with those ports. This software program is sometimes known as “netd.” Inetd is a frequent target of crack attacks because of its capability to launch arbitrary programs listed in its configuration files under any desired user account, including root. Farlex, Inc. The Free Dictionary: Inetd. [Online, 2004.] Farlex, Inc. Website. http://computing-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/inetd.