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Re: Listening Ports

On Mon, Sep 10, 2001 at 01:02:20AM -0700, Jeff Coppock wrote:
> I already use iptables, and can accomplish the blocking that way,
> I just wanted to see if there was a way to keep the port from
> binding to an interface to start with.  
> So, I'll continue with iptables for now.

	Well you don't really need to (it's a security add-on). But,
summarising a bit:

- for inetd processes use inetd's service@ip (didn't know about this, BTW,
thanks Alexander!) or use xinetd
- for non-inetd process check out the manpages/documentation of the
package since most will be able to bind only on a given port.  Some
examples are given on the "Securing Debian Manual", for example, for exim.
Bind is easy, also just use the listen-on option in named.conf, and so is
Apache (BindAddress option in httpd.conf)

	When hardening a system I usually start by taking a look at
netstat -an output (lsof -i, see the "Securing Debian Manual") and go,
process by process (package by package) checking wether it can be
configured to listen only on a given ip address (not and limit it
	In any case, add ipchains filtering as needed (just in case
someone changed your configuration, but do not depend only on the firewall



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