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Re: Free TCP/IP port numbers?

On Sun, Oct 01, 2017 at 03:44:45PM +0300, Victor Porton wrote:
I received no satisfactory answer.

So I feel that there is no Debian policy on using port numbers.

This policy should be added to Debian!

It may be something like: "Debian packages (with default configuration) are
allowed to bind ports 1-10000. Ports 10001-32000 are available for users."

It isn't really possible to do this, because of the need to interoperate with other systems. IANA may assign ports in the range 0 through 49151. Currently Debian/Linux uses 32768 through 60999 for ephemeral ports. (Note the overlap there!) You can try using 61001 through 65534 as a range that's fairly unlikely to be assigned to anything, assuming nobody changes net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range, and with the knowledge that using such a range could cause interoperability problems if some of the servers use other operating systems (that might use that range for ephemeral ports).

Mike Stone

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