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I have custom webserver that i want to run on 80 port. The problem is its being blocked by selinux. So from localhost I can browse the site, but from outer world its not accessible.

I run the program this way,

   /opt/project1/ -p 80.
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Are you running this service as root? – Tim Brigham Aug 30 '12 at 16:39
Yes, But later I'll run it under a user. May be sudo -u usename /opt/project1/ -p 80 will do it? – Shiplu Aug 30 '12 at 17:19
Only root can bind to "privileged ports" on UNIX systems, that is ports under 1024. A typical practice is to handle incoming connections as root, then fork to a handler process running as a non-privileged user. – Kyle Smith Aug 30 '12 at 17:35
@KyleSmith I think you didn't get the point of my question. I am not saying I can not bind it. I can bind. Problem is its only accessible from local host but not from outer world. – Shiplu Aug 30 '12 at 21:46
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Are you certain it's selinux that blocks this from working, and not either:

  • The software firewall, iptables. Take a look at the output of iptables -nvL to see what rules are applied.

  • The way the server listens for incoming connections. (This is typically handled by binding to a specific address. For example, if you are binding to listen on, you cannot accept connections from anywhere except localhost.)

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Thanks for pointing me out. It was indeed firewall issue. BTW, I bind it to I can see that by netstat – Shiplu Aug 30 '12 at 17:17

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