In computer networking a port is a software construct serving as a communications endpoint in a computer's host OS.

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Outbound Port 443 Open but Not Allowing SSH

My college wireless network has a firewall blocking all outbound ports except 443 and 80. The wired network, however, has none of these restrictions. I can connect to HTTPS sites (obviously). On my ...
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Is forwarding a port(s) a security risk to all computers on the network or just one?

I know forwarding ports can add some security risk, but if I forward a port to a computer, say running linux, would it add a security risk to all computers on my network or just the one?
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What security does an ISP provide for its customers?

I've heard that ISPs provide some kind of protection; using NAT and firewalls, to prevent hackers from using tools such as nmap to attack customers from over the Internet. What other technologies are ...
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How do I tell which application is using which port? [migrated]

I have been looking at netstat output on a macbook. I noticed that some applications enable you to specify which port it uses. For example, utorrent allows you to do that. I chose a port 55743 then ...
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Setup of Kali Linux for reverse shell connections over the internet

I am running Kali Linux as a VM on my Windows machine which is NAT'd behind my company network, if I wish to pen test a website for a client and believe that a reverse shell is possible, what is a ...
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Exploiting through a filtered port

I'm doing some pentesting against a machine the lecturer set up in the lab. NMAP shows port 445 to be filtered and Nessus confirms the ms08_067 vulnerability is present on that machine. I tried ...
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Is there a way of determining if tor is running on a remote machine?

In most of the companies, IT guys block some sites and by using TOR or other VPNs people walk around these blocks and gain access to blocked content. My question is, assuming TOR is running on ...
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What does Msgsrvr and Scientia-ssdb do?

I'm having a task in a computer security class in school where I'm supposed to scan a host for open ports in order to find out what services is being run there. I have found out (among other things) ...
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Does connection that use 0.0.0.0 in Foreign Address secured?

When I run my application on Centos the specific process opens port that listens for connections from localhost, but uses 0.0.0.0 in Foreign Address. Is it secured? netstat -plunt Active Internet ...
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Can closing port 80 lead to more security?

If a website is running on HTTPS only, is it reasonable to close port 80 of the web server and only leave port 443 open? Does this action provide more security for the website?
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Why P2P need portforwarding when behind NAT? [closed]

Correct me if I'm wrong, but for a node to participate in peer-to-peer, if it's behind a NAT, it most port forward to be able to connect. Why is the port forwarding necessary? I know there's ...
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Netgear WNDR4000 open port 53

Why is port 53 open on the WAN side of the router? And more importantly how do I close it? Port 53 is not one of my forwarded ports. Discovered by doing nmap -pT:1-64 <my-external-IP> -Pn ...
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Port list according to vulnerability [closed]

I'm looking for a list of ports sorted according to the number of vulnerability you can find for that specific port (considering of course, the service installed in the default port). Example: ...
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Why block network ports?

There was another good question here on why you should block outgoing traffic: Why block outgoing network traffic with a firewall? But I was hoping to get an answer on why it is a good idea to block ...
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Nmap reporting almost every port as open

I have noticed during some assesments when doing a TCP port scan, Nmap will report almost every port as open for a machine. Using for example nmap -sS -PN -T4 target -p0-65535, over 20,000 ports will ...
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Is it possible to scan a remote host in another network if I know a port that is opened?

First of all, this question is not the same as is it possible to test out remote host by using nmap?, because on that question, the questioner is asking for something impossible due to NAT's nature. ...
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Is Port Forwarding for bit torrent risky?

I have found that my connection decreased suddenly when downloading torrents. I diagnosed it with bit torrent and the answer is that i should do port forwarding on my modem/router! Is it risky?
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Hardening Services, Ports on OSX

People boast about OSX Security, yet I find it very hard to find a comprehensive manual in regards to any equivalent Services and the ports they use. I am aware of lanchd and launchctl and Lingon is ...
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Understanding a Zenmap output

I'm running Zenmap on my Windows 7 laptop. I ran an intense scan with UDP targeting my router 192.168.1.1.I realize that I'm probing into the back end of the router from the inside and that any open ...
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Open ports on mac. Safe?

My friend is currently running the default firewall on his mac with "Block all incoming connection" (except the basic ones like 80). I just scanned his mac for open ports and I found the following: ...
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Hide logging server from DMZ

I have a server on my DMZ whichs relays syslog and OcsInventory messages to a server on a vlan for logging servers. In order to allow the packets to go through I must allow port 80 (OcsInventory) and ...
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Security risks monitoring JMX

I am doing an internship at a big company wich create industrial automated systems for some big company's. They want me to design a way to monitor all the Java based control modules. Now I am going to ...
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Can I communicate with a wireless device, without logging in the same LAN?

Suppose there are three devices: WPA2 protected AP linux laptop, accessing internet through tha AP linux laptop, not connected to the AP I own the third device and do not know the AP's password. I ...
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How to make nmap list an unfiltered port?

I have a host that is NAT'ed and I have opened a single port in my router so the host is reachable by the external world. I tested if it was reachable by running a service and connecting to it ...
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In-office Flask app on port 80 - is it safe? [closed]

The title says it all; I'm just serving data to coworkers as a courtesy via a series of single-page apps that I basically consolidated under Flask, serving Jinja templates. Presently, I have Apache ...
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What are the security implications of enabling UPnP in my home router?

I found port forwarding entries in home router that I haven't manually configured. Is that because of UPnP? Are applications simply able to tell the router to forward ports on their own? Are there ...
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What are ports? [closed]

I just wanted to know what are ports. Can someone explain to me what a port is?
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different portscan tools give different results

I have different results as of my open TCP ports. When using nmap -sS 127.0.0.1, I get some 5 usual open ports, but when using osx built-in tool as stroke, I get those 5 ports plus 5 extra ports. How ...
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Why are some ports reported as closed by nmap?

I was scanning a machine from inside the same LAN which is running and up to date Windows XP Home Edition which I suspect may be running some malware. The target machine has an up to date antivirus ...
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Vulnerability of the open port

I'm installing service on the cloud machine and I was wondering on port vulnerabilities for my customers. My service which lives on server A (often on a customer site) needs to access server B ...
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How to find IP Addresses that have been attacking my Computer Ports ? [closed]

I am a newbie at Info Sec, and wanted to know which IP addresses are sources of attack traffic. Can I also find out which ports are being attacked? Can this information be found in windows firewall? ...
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Could you attack a port without knowing what service was listening? [duplicate]

A lot of discussion I see suggests that changing default ports for services is just "security by obscurity" and is easily defeated by scanning for open ports. My question is this, though, if the ...
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Vulnerability by leaving an open port in a pc

I have the following set-up. Home pc ---reverse ssh tunnel---> to linux server The reverse ssh tunnel is set-up so that on my home pc, port 22 is open, but I have nothing currently listening on that ...
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DoSing my Home Network with only a Public IP address [closed]

+--------------------------------------------------------+ | Client Host Name |.. IP Address ..|.... MAC Address ...| | Desktop-Home ....| 192.168.1.100 | 00:19:D1:EA:03:68 | | GT-S5380K ...
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SYN scan victim sending back RST

I'm confused on the case of SYN scan and closed ports (the case of open ports makes sense). So, the attacker sends a ~40 byte SYN packet, a "closed port" would send a RST packet back to the attacker ...
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Keyloggers and Email Accounts [duplicate]

This morning, I was experimenting with some keyloggers and noticed that they have a feature to send e-mails to the attacker. How can these e-mails be intercepted? Let us say that I have a packet ...
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What are the ports used by Online Email Accounts such as Yahoo Mail, Gmail, etc.?

Let us say that I send an email using Yahoo Mail or GMail. Can this email be intercepted using a packet sniffer? On which port does the email travel? HTTP, SMTP, POP3?
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How to bypass Nmap blockage?

I rent a server, and my provider seems to be blocking nmap. Is there any other tools I could use to test my home network from the outside? Also, does blocking nmap on a network provide any security? ...
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Spike in TCP port 5904 activity - what for?

There is an 'Internet Weather Report' on the Threat!Traq video blog by AT&T security researchers. In the March 14th broadcast, at around 31 minutes in, they mention an increase of scanning ...
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How can i reject connection from LAN and WAN to some ports?

Scanning with nmap, I discovered that there are 3 open ports on my server. I want to deny any access to these ports from any machine, regardless of whether it is on the same LAN or via WAN. How do I ...
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How to configure iptables for must open ports?

On my machine there are web services which can be accessed from any PC connected to the same network segment (WiFi for example). I want to use IPtables on the machine to prevent any web services from ...
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Security implications of forwarding ports 1-10000 on Airport Express?

Today I found that ports 1-10000 were being forwarded on an Airport Express that I as well as a fair number of other people share. This was setup by another user. There are multiple machines and ...
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Is it really better to use port 80 or 443 for outgoing traffic in order to bypass user firewall?

I recently created a reverse connection shell in C#. I tested it with some computers and I noticed that some computers connected back correctly and I established connection with them but another ...
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how is my router being modified to include WAN port-binding items for Teredo and Spotify [closed]

My router's configuration app (browser-interface) has a page for Virtual Server. It has entries I did not create, at least not intentionally using the interface, for Teredo, Skype, Spotify, uTorrent. ...
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Is there is a way to lock my USB port over the device physically?

Is there is a way to lock my USB port over the device physically ? For example I am connecting the USB mouse and keyboard on an public computer but I do not want anyone to remove them physically. I ...
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How should an outgoing connection white-list be created?

I see my previous question was closed as duplicate of Why block outgoing network traffic with a firewall?. The answers that everyone agree with mention the value of blocking outgoing connections (to ...
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How should I audit and monitor shared TCP ports in Windows?

Windows has a feature called .NET TCP Port Sharing which allows different .NET applications to share the same TCP/IP port. I would like to monitor the source and destination connections of each ...
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Auditing Existing Socket Connection

Is there any way to interact with a program's socket traffic without installing Winpcap? I understand that the one listening program per port is a restriction regarding TCP/IP, but I guess I'm more ...
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When can closing port 80 be a problem?

Since port 80 is typically used for HTTP must a web server have it open or otherwise configure links to specify a different port (e.g. http://www.example.com:8080/mypage.html)? For example this site ...
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If a port is closed how come you can still use it?

What does it actually mean for a port to be closed or stealthed? According to tests I've run all my ports (tested) are stealthed but clearly I can still use the internet. Also are the terms "blocked" ...