My local network has been exhibiting some inexplicable behaviour.

Firstly connecting to my websites domain name from inside the lan redirected me to my router's login page. I checked again with 3g and found that it didn't happen from outside the network. This has never happened before and has not happened since.

I was worried the page was being spoofed so I didn't submit any data. A traceroute took me straight to my wan ip, with no stop at

EDIT: I believe I have resolved this aspect. I have a dynamic IP address so if it changes (due to power outage or such), I think it takes time for my DynDNS service to be updated. Though this is handled by the router and why it doesn't do this on boot I don't know. Might have to make my own updater.

Further, and Nmap scan of revealed this:

$ nmap\
Starting Nmap 6.47 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2016-02-03 18:14 GMT\
Nmap scan report for\
Host is up (0.00075s latency).\
Not shown: 970 closed ports\
22/tcp    open     ssh\
80/tcp    open     http\
83/tcp    filtered mit-ml-dev\
88/tcp    open     kerberos-sec\
139/tcp   open     netbios-ssn\
280/tcp   filtered http-mgmt\
445/tcp   open     microsoft-ds\
631/tcp   open     ipp\
1045/tcp  filtered fpitp\
1072/tcp  filtered cardax\
1081/tcp  filtered pvuniwien\
1175/tcp  filtered dossier\
1187/tcp  filtered alias\
1594/tcp  filtered sixtrak\
1658/tcp  filtered sixnetudr\
1755/tcp  filtered wms\
2222/tcp  filtered EtherNet/IP-1\
2381/tcp  filtered compaq-https\
2393/tcp  filtered ms-olap1\
3527/tcp  filtered beserver-msg-q\
3737/tcp  filtered xpanel\
4003/tcp  filtered pxc-splr-ft\
5102/tcp  filtered admeng\
5678/tcp  filtered rrac\
5900/tcp  open     vnc\
6025/tcp  filtered x11\
6646/tcp  filtered unknown\
9001/tcp  filtered tor-orport\
9666/tcp  filtered unknown\
55600/tcp filtered unknown\
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 6.46 seconds\

I repeated a scan for each machine on the lan and found nothing, netcat was no more forthcoming. I could not find these ports anywhere. Since then the same Nmap scan returns has stopped throwing out these results.

I am worried there may be something nefarious going on...could anyone offer an alternative explaination of this behaviour? I'm not well versed on Nmap.

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    Maybe your dns settings are messed up? Feb 4 '16 at 16:28
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    A URL being wrongly redirected points to DNS. Have you checked your hosts file? When you used traceroute, were you tracerouting the server? Did you use the IP or the domain name? Feb 5 '16 at 9:45
  • My dns is handled by a ddns service outside of my network. So I'm not sure the hosts file would be relevant, the servers host file contains only loopback IP's. And the logs for my DDNS have shown nothing far out of the ordinary. My traceroute was from within the lan, targeting the hostname of my server(also within the lan). This usually goes -> wanIP ->done. I though it conspicious that these two phenomena were present at the same time, and stopped without intervention. The redirection may be a symptom, but if so, I can't for the life of me explain the Nmap scan.
    – xeuari
    Feb 5 '16 at 21:17
  • Your hosts file is relevant because if it has erroneous entries, they will be translated before reaching the external DNS server. If it only has a loopback, it's probably at default settings. "My traceroute was from within the lan, targeting the hostname of my server(also within the lan). This usually goes -> wanIP ->done." So you really are relying on remote DNS to do local translation? This seems highly inefficient. Feb 7 '16 at 0:50
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    with the nmap scan was your intention to scan your localhost? as that's what scanning will do (although it's more usual to do for that) Feb 7 '16 at 18:52
1 is your machine that has a lot of services sometimes non-visible by other machines. Try to scan your machine from another machine and all can be more clear.

Run netstat -plnt on your machine and you can find which processed are running on these ports.


On your case this nmap scan is scanning your own localhost which is Due to this all the ports which are open are shown on the scan.

This may happens when the device you have scanned has most probably installed Honeypot in it.

Honeypot is a computer software that is set up to act as a decoy to lure the cyberattackers. It is used to detect, and used to study the nature and attempt of hacker to access to the information. Enabling honeypots shows large number of ports open when scanned remotely, which in turn confuses the attackers.Generally, it consists of a computer, applications, and data that simulate the behavior of a real system that appears to be part of a network but is actually isolated and closely monitored.

Here is another example of honeypot installed server: enter image description here

You can learn more about honeypot here : http://www.sans.edu/research/security-laboratory/article/honeypots-guide

  • Thank you. I still haven't figured this one out. I built the server from a standard apache2 configuration. It isn't set up with a honeypot. The phenomena was transient and hasen't occured since. I will certainly investigate honeypot techniques though. Thanks again.
    – xeuari
    Aug 25 '16 at 18:48
  • Having a honeypot, lets a fake playground for hacker, and helps you to study his/her behaviours. Honeypot is good. regarding this, if i find something i will surely tell you Aug 26 '16 at 0:58
  • Wouldn't OP know if they have installed a honeypot? This seems unlikely, and the services look fairly legitimate. Mar 8 '18 at 0:44

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