Installing newsgroup server – INN

I have subscribed to few newsgroups and reading them with Outlook express. I was using Free News server provided by Aioe.org for reading news. For last several days, it stoped working. There is no message at all.
 
I made a search on google and in newsgroup alt.free.newsservers for Free NNTP servers. I can’t find any free public server, most of the links are for paid service.
 
So i tried to install one myself, so i can use it with out paying. Some of the servers have lot of free space, so installing a NNTP server may not take much space.
 
I found INN, by ISC
 
 
This is available in FreeBSD ports. So i installed it with
 
# cd /usr/ports/news/inn-stable
# make
# make install
# make clean
 
Now the INN is installed on the server, it say
 
 
===> SECURITY REPORT:
      This port has installed the following binaries which execute with
      increased privileges.
/usr/local/news/bin/startinnfeed
/usr/local/news/bin/auth/passwd/ckpasswd
/usr/local/news/bin/inndstart
 
      This port has installed the following files which may act as network
      servers and may therefore pose a remote security risk to the system.
/usr/local/news/bin/auth/passwd/radius
/usr/local/news/bin/innd
/usr/local/news/bin/nnrpd
 
      This port has installed the following startup scripts which may cause
      these network services to be started at boot time.
/usr/local/etc/rc.d/innd.sh
 
      If there are vulnerabilities in these programs there may be a security
      risk to the system. FreeBSD makes no guarantee about the security of
      ports included in the Ports Collection. Please type ‘make deinstall’
      to deinstall the port if this is a concern.
 
      For more information, and contact details about the security
      status of this software, see the following webpage:
http://www.isc.org/products/INN/
 
What is ramining is configuring INN and get it working. Need to find more information before doing this, untill then i disabled INN from starting with
 
mv /usr/local/etc/rc.d/innd.sh /root
 
Check back later to see if i get INN working on my server, may be i will start a Free Newsgroup server or a deejanews clone if it won’t use up lot of system resources and newsgroup spam problems 🙂

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