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Date:	Tue, 10 Nov 2009 15:06:25 -0600
From:	"Chris Friesen" <>
To:	Trond Myklebust <>
CC:	Ben Hutchings <>,,
	Linux kernel <>
Subject: Re: sunrpc port allocation and IANA reserved list

On 11/10/2009 02:26 PM, Trond Myklebust wrote:
> 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:
>>> <>.
>> 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...

What constitutes a "safer range"?  IANA has ports assigned
intermittently all the way through the default RPC range.  The largest
unassigned range is 922-988 (since 921 is used by lwresd).  If someone
needs more than 66 ports, how are they supposed to handle it?

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