host.allow is used for system access, not user logon names. You would
either need to enter a system's FQDN or IP address. You can create multiple
entries or allow access from entire subnet ranges but this would allow
anyone at these IP addresses to attempt to logon to the system, not just
this one user.
Keep in mind that this just allows the remote system to connect to a
service (Telnet, FTP, etc.). They still need to authenticate to gain access
to the system.
Hope this helps,
> From: Andy Lewis <alewis @
> To: Firewalls @
> Subject: hosts.allow
> Date: Friday, October 03, 1997 5:04 PM
> I hope that this is not off topic.
> Is it possible to put a local system users name in the
> /etc/hosts.allow file.
> I want that person to be able to login from anywhere?
> I am running Linux 2.0.30