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

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Nessus detect more open ports than nmap

I scan my site via namp , I only see 3 ports open. nmap -sV {ip} Starting Nmap 7.80 ( https://nmap.org ) at 2020-01-25 09:42 EST ...
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nmap different results when scanning from different sources [closed]

I get slightly different results when scanning a IP from 2 different hosts. Here is scan 1 from an internet server with a public IP: Nmap 7.80 scan initiated Tue Jan 21 18:48:08 2020 as: nmap -Pn -...
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Is there an updated (non-Nmap) top 100 or top 1000 common ports list?

I know Nmap has nmap-services file which gives us the list of top 1000 ports/services found on the Internet. But this list seems to be outdated, as the Nmap top 1000 list doesn't include several ...
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Open Ports at ISPs Gateway

I am working to set up OpenVPN access to my home network. To do this, I had to contact my ISP, because they had the necessary port blocked at the Gateway/Router that I do not have access to. In my ...
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Security of using DHCP and non-standard ports for medical devices

I recently came across this comment written in a journal article. Lastly, medical apparatus are expected to use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for the allocation of their IP ...
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Is there practical risk to having UDP ports open?

I understand that everything is potentially an attack vector, but I would like to ask a practical question about UDP ports Suppose you're pentesting some small organisation and you found a couple of ...
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Why should I use firewall to block ports with no running services? [duplicate]

A firewall is for blocking / limiting access to specific service / port. I know that it can be useful for allowing only certain IPs to a port (for example I don't want to have SSH open for the whole ...
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WMI Performance Adapter function for Chrome browser?

Does someone know why the WMI Performance Adapter (WmiApSrv.exe) always starts when launching Chrome browser? Whats the function of this service? I have heared this service can be maliciously used to ...
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Nmap giving different result between Mac OS scan and Linux (Kali) scan [closed]

I try to do a simple TCP scan on an Kubunt VM (is on VirtualBox), from two different OS. From the Host (Mac OS system) and from a Kali Linux VM (tried VirtualBox and Parallels also). Kali Linux (...
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Nmap Shows all ports are closed [closed]

I am facing a problem with Nmap while scanning metasploitable. I am using two different PCs. One with Kali Linux by using USB boot and on other PC using Metasploitable running on VMWare. I have ...
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How to Defend Against Port Scan Attacks

I was told that Hackers scan for open ports in random IPs and if they are open they hack the computer. What open ports can be hacked? How do I close the ports?
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Gradle daemon listens on all interfaces by default

Was messing around with a project today that uses the build tool Gradle and I noticed that by default, it's running a daemon server process that listens on all interfaces. Output of ss below. State ...
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Can a VPN provider or actors within its infrastructure access open ports on the client machine?

From my understanding of a VPN, it essentially creates a network between the two 'machines'. So if I have open ports (e.g. HTTP, SSH) on my client machine, those can be accessed by the VPN provider or ...
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Does blocking all ports make a machine more secure?

I have a machine that I use only to browse the Internet. What if I blocked all ports on this machine (inbound and outbound) except for port 80 and port 443, and restricted these two ports to an ...
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Access Control Lists - Why block a port rather than block a protocol?

I am studying for my Security + exam. I have just learned that ACLs can be designed to block ports and/or entire protocols. The book I am reading states an example: "if you want to block HTTP traffic,...
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Disabled Network Discovery for port 5357 but it still shows up as open in NMap scan

as mentioned in the title I have disabled Network Discovery for all of the 3 profiles yet when I run an NMap scan, the port comes up to be open. I have also run the command netstat -a -b to find the ...
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Inbound rules for a port is configured and disabled yet an NMap scan shows that the port is opened

I am new to Windows Defender but have read about it to understand the basics of Inbound/Outbound rules. As mentioned on the app, Inbound connections that do not match a rule are simply blocked. For ...
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My router is getting port scan attacks [duplicate]

My internet suddenly cut out yesterday, i checked the router and it looked like nothing is wrong. I looked at the logs and i see this 2019-08-18 12:50:39 Security Warning Detect UDP port scan ...
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Why is it okay to run NGiNX or Apache Web Server as root on port 80/443 and not your app directly?

Just like the title says, I would like to understand: what are the implications of running a custom app (like node or flask) on port 80/443. Is running a reverse proxy like Nginx mandatory from a ...
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Visual Studio Code leaving port open

Running a port scan via Network Utility on OS X 10.14.5, turns up two different outcomes, depending on whether or not I have Visual Studio Code (1.35.1) open. If the application is open, I'll get ...
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How to perform a security test/review/penetration testing of Ethernet ports?

I have been engaged by a client who wants its Ethernet ports checked to determine whether port security is functioning effectively. What can be the approach or steps to do check Ethernet port ...
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Compute Engine (Google Cloud) is hacked through remote terminal with port 9090 [closed]

I'm using Compute Engine on GCP. I installed ubuntu + apache (including ModSecurity). We used third party to do penetration testing and they can successfully doing remote connection through port 9090 ...
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nmap gives different results in two shells on the same computer

I'm running kali and metasploitable2 in Virtualbox, and have them connected via the host-only networking mode. I can ping and ssh from kali to metasploitable, and have assigned the following IP ...
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I have found ports on my Samsung smart tv running a display service. What can I do with it? [closed]

I have a Samsung Smart TV running Tizen OS, and out of curiosity I scanned it with Nmap. I found multiple open ports. One of those ports is running a "display" service. Does this mean it can cast its ...
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Azure publicly exposed resources

Azure's resources are generally made publicly accessible when launched (from a network point-of-view). e.g. An Azure SQL database will be given a public DNS name and the port will be accessible from ...
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2 vs 3 tier network architecture

I am interested in how a 3-tier network topology (web/app/data) provides improved security than a 2-tier topology (web-app/data). I understand the concept of a DMZ as the initial contact point with ...
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Is there a software that would scan the ports automatically, then predict if there are any malicious activity going on, on my Win10 PC? [closed]

I've got this malware(or spyware as Kaspersky detected), from the USB storage device by purely a lack of focus. After scanning and defecting all the drives that are connected to my computer with ...
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How to find out which application runs behind port 31337?

I found an open port on a "Kartina Quattro" (https://www.kartina.tv/article/247-kartina-quattro). It's a device for watching russian TV channels. The port number is 31337 and the Service is called ...
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Ports Showing Closed/Filtered in Nmap Scans

hopefully this isn't a stupid question.. I am running some nmap scans and I get a list of ports that show closed. Why would they even show in the scan report? Can these be exploited further with other ...
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Detecting port scanning activity of a mobile app

I highly suspect that one of my iPhone apps is scanning for open ports on the local network, but can't think of a way to detect such activity. I know that I can monitor http(s) connections by using ...
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Open ports on my NetGear router

I ran an nmap scan on my home router and I am seeing a ton of open ports. Is this normal? How do I go about closing them? $ nmap 192.168.1.1 Starting Nmap 7.70 ( https://nmap.org ) at 2019-03-16 20:...
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Nmap showing different open ports every few seconds [duplicate]

I'm running Nmap on an Amazon Web Services EC2 instance but between runs just a couple seconds apart, I'm getting new results. Is this normal? I'm seeing open ports then they don't show. I'm running ...
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Does having Frontend and Backend on the same port any consequences?

I am currently working on a mean application, with an Angular frontend and an express/node backend. Frontend and backend communicate together with a REST API. When I deploy the application, both the ...
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Determine victim of port scan's OS

I am taking part in a practice sandbox, and have a pcap file in Wireshark: with the traffic depicting a Vertical Port Scan. Is there anyway to find out the "victim"'s Operating System? The packets are ...
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Do I lose the anonymity of a VPN if they open a port for me?

I currently use a VPN supplier that does not allow for opening ports. They argue that I lose the whole point of a VPN and the anonymity by doing this. I can't see how and they don't seem to be able to ...
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TCP Scans vs SYN Scans in port scanning

What is the difference between TCP Scans and SYN Scans?
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Finding how many filtered ports of a host that would be listed as “filtered” on Nmap

I just started working on nmap and was confused by this question. I'm unsure if I understood it correctly, so I appreciate your help with this. Using Nmap, find how many ports are filtered in testphp....
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What ports are okay to be open on a macbook pro?

When I do a network scan for open ports on my MacBook Pro, I can see the following open TCP ports below. Are these 'standard' open port for a personal computer of this type? Should I be concerned? ...
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Is is bad practice to use non-standard ports? (for example ssh from 22 to something different)

Background is that I am learning some technical stuff with the Enki App. In this case about security. The App states that it is a misuse of a port if I change for example the ssh port from 22 to ...
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Should ports be visible to nmap?

I'm currently working on the firewall when I discovered that the firewall exposes a lot of ports outside of the internal network. I discovered this when setting up a new FTP server using a basic nmap ...
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Is it safe to have port 443 unprotected by firewall without application?

Say I have a website, http://www.mostlysecuresite.com, which runs on a server at my house. Let's say I wanted to get an SSL cert in a few weeks. Because of this, I had my Port 443 forwarded on my ...
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Should I close port 80 forever and ever since the 2018 Google-indicated web-security initiatives?

I often establish Ubuntu-LAMP environments on which I host a few Drupal web applications that I myself own (I don't provide any hosting services and never done so in the past). Whenever I establish ...
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Port bound TLS certificates? (1 Self-signed & 1 CA)

For my android game, I want to secure the connection between the server and its clients through TLS certificates on each side, because of the sensitive data that is beeing exchanged through a token ...
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Understanding port scanning with firewall enabled

My objective is to do a port scanner in windows and find the ports which are open. Suppose, I run an application which opens up a port 8000. Now I create a new inbound rule to block all incoming ...
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Do I have to block UDP ports when I launch my own server with a public IP?

I am trying to give better security to my Raspberry sever. When I installed UFW, I allowed just port 80/tcp and my own high port for SSH communication, and by default are all others ports "deny". ...
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Why do processes on servers have socket types associated to the port number? [closed]

Why do some servers have TCP/UDP alongside the port they're listening to. To my understanding TCP and UDP are socket layers, they're methods of determining how the traffic is being sent over the ...
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NMAP reporting all ports open

I'm trying to scan my targets for open ports. However, NMAP reports all of them as 'open'. I know there's a firewall in between. I tried the SYN scan, and when I check the traffic in WireShark I see ...
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Nmap scanning single port too fast? Shows as filtered?

I ran into an issue when trying to scan a single port on a single machine. I ran a range scan to find machines with port 25 open. Then I just arbitrarily chose one to work on. I scan that machine with ...
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Port knocking is authentication?

In computer networking, port knocking is a method of externally opening ports on a firewall by generating a connection attempt on a set of prespecified closed ports. Once a correct sequence of ...
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What is an excessive amount of SYN requests for port scanning?

I have a slow internet connection - about 12Mb/s. In 10 minutes I have detected a distributed port scan on the router from different IPs. I have counted these SYN packets at in 600 seconds (10 minutes ...