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NAME

       portsentry - detect portscan activity

SYNOPSIS

       portsentry [ -tcp | -stcp | -atcp ]
       portsentry [ -udp | -sudp | -audp ]

DESCRIPTION

       This  manual  page documents briefly the portsentry command.  This manual page was written
       for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the original program does not have a  manual
       page.

       portsentry  is  a  program  that  tries to detect portscans on network interfaces with the
       ability to detect stealth scans. On alarm portsentry can block the  scanning  machine  via
       hosts.deny   (see   hosts_access(5),   firewall  rule  (see  ipfwadm(8),  ipchains(8)  and
       iptables(8)) or dropped route (see route(8)).

OPTIONS

       For details on the various modes see /usr/share/doc/portsentry/README.install

       -tcp   tcp portscan detection on ports  specified  under  TCP_PORTS  in  the  config  file
              /etc/portsentry/portsentry.conf.

       -stcp  As above but additionally detect stealth scans.

       -atcp  Advanced  tcp  or  inverse  mode.  Portsentry  binds  to  all  unused  ports  below
              ADVANCED_PORTS_TCP given in the config file /etc/portsentry/portsentry.conf.

       -udp   udp portscan detection on ports  specified  under  UDP_PORTS  in  the  config  file
              /etc/portsentry/portsentry.conf.

       -sudp  As above but additionally detect "stealth" scans.

       -audp  Advanced  udp  or  inverse  mode.  Portsentry  binds  to  all  unused  ports  below
              ADVANCED_PORTS_UDP given in the config file /etc/portsentry/portsentry.conf.

CONFIGURATION FILES

       portsentry keeps all its  configuration  files  in  /etc/portsentry.   portsentry.conf  is
       portsentry's main configuration file. See portsentry.conf(5) for details.

       The  file portsentry.ignore contains a list of all hosts that are ignored, if they connect
       to a tripwired port. It should contain at least the localhost(127.0.0.1), 0.0.0.0 and  the
       IP addresses of all local interfaces. You can ignore whole subnets by using a notation <IP
       Address>/<Netmask Bits>. It is  *not* recommend  putting  in  every  machine  IP  on  your
       network.  It  may  be  important  for you to see who is connecting to you, even if it is a
       "friendly" machine. This can help you detect internal host compromises faster.

       If you use the /etc/init.d/portsentry script to start  the  daemon,  portsentry.ignore  is
       rebuild  on  each  start  of  the  daemon  using  portsentry.ignore.static  and all the IP
       addresses found on the machine via ifconfig.

       /etc/default/portsentry specifies in which protocol modes  portsentry  should  be  startet
       from /etc/init.d/portsentry There are currently two options:

       TCP_MODE=
              either tcp, stcp or atcp (see OPTIONS above).

       UDP_MODE=
              either udp, sudp or audp (see OPTIONS above).

       The   options   above  correspond  to  portsentry's  commandline  arguments.  For  example
       TCP_MODE="atcp" has the same effect as to start portsentry using portsentry  -atcp.   Only
       one mode per protocol can be started at a time (i.e. one tcp and one udp mode).

FILES

       /etc/portsentry/portsentry.conf main configuration file

       /etc/portsentry/portsentry.ignore
              IP addresses to ignore

       /etc/portsentry/portsentry.ignore.static
              static IP addresses to ignore

       /etc/default/portsentry
              startup options

       /etc/init.d/portsentry
              script responsible for starting and stopping the daemon

       /var/lib/portsentry/portsentry.blocked.*
              blocked hosts(cleared upon reload)

       /var/lib/portsentry/portsentry.history
              history file

SEE ALSO

       portsentry.conf(5),  hosts_access(5), hosts_options(5), route(8), ipfwadm(8), ipchains(8),
       iptables(8), ifconfig(8)

       /usr/share/doc/portsentry/README.install

AUTHOR

       portsentry was written by Craig H. Howland <crowland@users.sf.net>.

       This manual page was stitched together by Guido Guenther <agx@debian.org>, for the  Debian
       GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). Some parts are just a cut and paste from the
       original documentation.

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