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SubjectRe: sunrpc port allocation and IANA reserved list
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On Tue, 2009-11-10 at 12:37 -0600, Chris Friesen wrote:
> On 11/10/2009 11:53 AM, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > On Tue, 2009-11-10 at 11:43 -0600, Chris Friesen wrote:
>
> >> Given that a userspace application can be stopped and restarted at any
> >> time, and a sunrpc registration can happen at any time, what is the
> >> expected mechanism to prevent the kernel from allocating a port for use
> >> by sunrpc that reserved or well-known?
> >>
> >> Apparently Redhat and Debian have distro-specific ways of dealing with
> >> this, but is there a standard solution? Should there be?
> >>
> >> The current setup seems suboptimal.
> >
> > I believe both RH and Debian are using the same implementation:
> > <http://cyberelk.net/tim/software/portreserve/>.
>
> That helps with the startup case, but still leaves a possible hole if an
> app using a fixed port number is restarted at runtime. During the
> window where nobody is bound to the port, the kernel could randomly
> assign it to someone else.

Just use /proc/sys/sunrpc/{max,min}_resvport interface to restrict the
range used to a safer one. That's what it is for...
Trond



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