Re: Bug#638322: nfs-common: rpc.statd binds to udp port 631 preventing cups startup
On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 12:02:12AM +1000, Russell Coker wrote:
> On Fri, 19 Aug 2011, Adam Borowski <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Not to mention bindresvport() removes the freedom of the sysadmin to bind
> > services to whatever ports she wishes. Or, say, run multiple instances of
> > a service.
> If you make your program use bindresvport() then it means that you don't care
> what the port number is as long as it's in the reserved range.
Except that it should not get into ports used by something else.
> It seems to me that the only problem is if you run multiple instances of a
> daemon on different ports and don't use /etc/bindresvport.blacklist, SE Linux,
> or some other method of telling bindresvport() to leave your port alone. That
> wouldn't be an issue of sysadmin freedom but sysadmin ignorance (and I am one
> of the people who was ignorant of bindresvport.blacklist).
You can't blame "sysadmin ignorance". I've just grepped through every
single man page in Debian (ok, amd64 main), and there is not a single
reference to /etc/bindresvport.blacklist. In fact, even bindresvport() is
referenced only from its own manpage and from portreserve which is another
hack to work around this bug. portreserve is neither recommended/suggested,
nor has any data that would allow it to work.
No other daemon I know has this problem. If I install daemon foo, I can
expect it to not touch any ports it hasn't been configured to use. It's
just portmap/SunRPC that uses random scatter-shot that can trample on
So what about this: let's reserve a number of ports for portmap's exclusive
usage. There's like 900 unused assignments, so there's plenty of space
than could be parcelled off. SunRPC has long since degenerated from
something with a general purpose to a peculiarity of NFS, so not many ports
are needed. Only under a pathological configuration one could exceed any
reasonable static limit, and in that case bindresvport() would revert to the
. Unless the sysadmin knowingly takes them for some other purpose; no
different from, say, having sshd listen on port 443.
1KB // Yo momma uses IPv4!