I suspect this is either a very simple question, or a very complex one.
I have a headless server running ubuntu 10.04 that I can ssh into. I have full root access to the system. I am trying to set up an ssh tunnel to allow me to vnc to the system (but that isn't my question.
I have vnc running on port 5903, here is the netstat output for that:
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program name tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:5903 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 7173/Xtightvnc tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:22 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 465/sshd
But when I try to telnet to that port, from within the same system and login, I get unable to connect errors
# telnet localhost 5903 Trying ::1... Trying 127.0.0.1... telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection timed out
I am able to telnet to port 22 (as a verification)
~# telnet localhost 22 Trying ::1... Connected to localhost. Escape character is '^]'. SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_5.3p1 Debian-3ubuntu7
I have tried to open up any possible ports using ufw (probably clumsy fashion)
# ufw status numbered Status: active To Action From -- ------ ---- [ 1] 5903 ALLOW IN Anywhere [ 2] 22 ALLOW IN Anywhere
What else might be blocking this connection locally?
The only reference to port 5903 in iptable -L -n is this:
Chain ufw-user-input (1 references) target prot opt source destination ACCEPT tcp -- 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 tcp dpt:5903 ACCEPT udp -- 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 udp dpt:5903 ACCEPT tcp -- 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 tcp dpt:22 ACCEPT udp -- 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 udp dpt:22 ACCEPT tcp -- 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 tcp dpt:8080 ACCEPT udp -- 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 udp dpt:8080
I can post the whole output if that will be useful.
hosts.allow and hosts.deny both contain only comments.
Re-Edit: Some other questions pointed me to nmap, so I ran a portscan through that utility:
# nmap -v -sT localhost -p1-65535 Starting Nmap 5.00 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2011-11-09 09:58 PST NSE: Loaded 0 scripts for scanning. Warning: Hostname localhost resolves to 2 IPs. Using 127.0.0.1. Initiating Connect Scan at 09:58 Scanning localhost (127.0.0.1) [65535 ports] Discovered open port 22/tcp on 127.0.0.1 Connect Scan Timing: About 18.56% done; ETC: 10:01 (0:02:16 remaining) Connect Scan Timing: About 44.35% done; ETC: 10:00 (0:01:17 remaining) Completed Connect Scan at 10:00, 112.36s elapsed (65535 total ports) Host localhost (127.0.0.1) is up (0.00s latency). Interesting ports on localhost (127.0.0.1): Not shown: 65533 filtered ports PORT STATE SERVICE 22/tcp open ssh 80/tcp closed http Read data files from: /usr/share/nmap Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 112.43 seconds Raw packets sent: 0 (0B) | Rcvd: 0 (0B)
I think this shows that 5903 is blocked somehow. Which I pretty much knew. The question remains what is blocking it and how to modify.
To check Paul Lathrop's suggested answer, I first verified my ip address with ifconfig:
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 02:16:3e:42:28:8f inet addr:10.0.10.3 Bcast:10.0.10.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
Then tried to telnet to 5903 from that address:
# telnet 10.0.10.3 5903 Trying 10.0.10.3... telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection timed out
Ok, I think I have isolated it a bit to vncserver, not the firewall, darn it. I shut off vncserver and had netcat listen on port 5903. My vnc client then was able to establish a connnection and sit and wait for a response. Looks like I should be chasing a vnc problem. At least that is progress Thanks for the help