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Port blocks on the CUDN

Port blocks on the CUDN

Traffic to certain ports is blocked at the JANET/CUDN gateway because there are frequent attacks from outside the CUDN to these ports. While the blocks will normally prevent all traffic to that port from entering the CUDN, it is possible that traffic will not be blocked all the time, for example while the router configuration is updated or, more unusually, if there is a hardware/software problem affecting the CUDN routers. Furthermore, the blocks will not prevent an attack from within the CUDN, for example an attack from a compromised machine connected to the CUDN. Therefore everyone who has a machine attached to the CUDN needs to ensure that their machine is up-to-date with patches and security fixes at all times, and must not rely on port blocking on the CUDN routers to protect them.

In the case of 'finger' traffic, the port is blocked so that personal data (i.e. that which is subject to the Data Protection Act), does not leave the University domain.

A small number of ports are blocked between institutional networks and the rest of the CUDN. The ports blocked are either those widely used in attacks by worms and viruses, where the blocks are intended to help contain the spread of such malware, or those where there has been a history of problems.

For many ports a list of exceptions to the block is maintained. Institutional contacts who wish a machine to be included on the exception list for a particular port should contact Cambridge CERT. It is essential that any machines that are excepted from a block are patched and have their virus protection up to date, and that the security of these machines is maintained.

Ports blocked between institutional networks and the rest of the CUDN

Port number service TCP or UDP exceptions
135 windows RPC service tcp yes
445 microsoft-ds tcp yes
161-162 snmp udp yes

Ports blocked at the CUDN/JANET gateway

Port number service TCP or UDP exceptions incoming or outgoing
0 - tcp,udp no both
1 tcpmux tcp,udp no incoming
21 FTP tcp yes incoming
25 smtp tcp yes both
53 domain tcp, udp yes incoming
69 tftp udp no incoming
79 finger tcp yes incoming
98 linuxconf tcp yes incoming
109 pop-2 tcp yes incoming
110 pop-3 tcp yes incoming
111 rpcbind tcp, udp yes incoming
135 windows RPC service tcp, udp yes both
137 netbios-ns (Name Service) tcp, udp yes both
138 netbios-dgm (Datagram Service) tcp, udp yes both
139 netbios-ssn (Session Service) tcp, udp yes both
143 imap-2 tcp yes incoming
161-162 snmp tcp, udp no incoming
220 imap-3 tcp yes incoming
445 microsoft-ds tcp,udp yes both
465 smtps tcp yes incoming
512 rexec tcp no incoming
514 syslog udp no incoming
515 lpr tcp,udp no incoming
587 message submission tcp yes incoming
623 rmcp tcp and udp yes incoming
631 Internet Printing Protocol tcp yes incoming
664 rmcps tcp and udp yes incoming
993 imap4 over TLS/SSL tcp yes incoming
995 pop3 over TLS/SSL tcp yes incoming
1433 MS-SQL server tcp yes incoming

Last updated: September 2009


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