Non-root processes using registered ports

Reinhard Tartler siretart at
Thu Mar 9 13:47:37 UTC 2006

Billy Verreynne (JW) wrote:
>> This is by design. Only root processes can bind to ports <1024. Most
>> daemons which do so start as root, bind to that socket, and drop
>> priviledges afterwards.
> That is what I told the developers, but they're insistent on not
> running as root. Guess they're treading carefully around <cough cough>
> the Linux admin/support person.. :-)

Well, don't use a port <1024 then. Use a higher port, and play perhaps
with iptables to redirect traffic to the 'correct' port.


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