ERROR #"502" when accessing groups

Wim Lewis wiml at
Wed Mar 6 20:06:45 UTC 2002

On Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at 11:36  AM, Franco, Ruben wrote:
> Running Redhat 7.2 with INN 2.3.2 Rel. 5.
>      Whenever a user tries to access a group via a newsreader (such as,
> outlook express), they get the following error:
> "502 You have no permission to talk.  Goodbye."
>      In the "news.notice" log I can see the following message:
> news nnrpd[25211]: ? cant gethostbyaddr <USER's IP ADDRESS HERE> Unknown
> host -- using IP address for access
> news nnrpd[25211]: <USER's IP ADDRESS HERE> connect
> news nnrpd[25211]: <USER's IP ADDRESS HERE> no_permission
>      Is the problem with my INN configuration or is it Redhat?

That looks like a DNS problem to me. Either your machine isn't resolving 
names correctly (unlikely; you would have noticed more problems than 
this if it were the case) or the user's machine doesn't have a reverse 
DNS entry (quite likely --- a surprising number of network 
administrators don't quite get reverse DNS).

1- Can you connect from your news machine to other machines on the net 
by name? (eg., or some other machine outside your 
organization). If not, fix your news machine's resolv.conf.

2- Otherwise, make sure that the user's machine has a valid reverse DNS 
entry. The forward DNS entry is a mapping like " --> IP 
address". The reverse entry lets the news server convert 
to, so that it can compare the name to the rules in the 
conf file. Talk to whoever runs your name server, if that isn't you.

3- Alternatively, use IP addresses instead of domain names in your 
readers.conf, and don't worry about whether the news server can figure 
out the client machine's name.


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