Is it possible to log all IP addresses that trying to connect or connected to port "5901" in Linux Debian?

How can i do that?

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    why down vote as soon as question posted? – Gihan Lasita Dec 12 '12 at 7:53
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    I didn't downvote it, but one of the reasons for a downvote on SF is that the question "does not show any research effort" and I'm sorry, but yours doesn't. – MadHatter Dec 12 '12 at 8:15

You could do it using iptables

iptables -I INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 5901 -m state --state NEW  -j LOG --log-level 1 --log-prefix "New Connection "

This will log new tcp connections on port 5901 to /var/log/syslog and /var/log/kernel.log like this

Dec 12 07:52:48 u-10-04 kernel: [591690.935432] New Connection IN=eth0 OUT= MAC=00:0c:29:2e:78:f1:00:0c:29:eb:43:22:08:00 SRC= DST= LEN=60 TOS=0x10 PREC=0x00 TTL=64 ID=40815 DF PROTO=TCP SPT=36972 DPT=5901 WINDOW=14600 RES=0x00 SYN URGP=0


if it's short term - this should do:

tcpdump -n -i eth0 -w file.cap "port 5901"

alternatively you can use the log target of iptables:

iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 5901 -j LOG --log-prefix '** guests **'--log-level 4

this might flood your logs


you can use netstat with options -v,-n,-t, -a

e.g. netstat -anp | :8080 | grep ESTABLISHED | wc -l OR

root@user:/home# netstat -vatn

Active Internet connections (servers and established)

Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State
tcp        0      0     ESTABLISHED
tcp        0      0     ESTABLISHED
tcp        0      0     ESTABLISHED
tcp        0      0     ESTABLISHED
tcp        0      0     ESTABLISHED
tcp        0      0     ESTABLISHED
tcp        0      0     ESTABLISHED
tcp        0      0     ESTABLISHED
  • Since that command is not producing a log of all the IP addresses, it is not an answer to the question. – kasperd Oct 28 '15 at 6:41
  • Also, "ESTABLISHED" will only have happened when they successfully connected, so this doesn't show who is attempting to connect (for example, if the port isn't open, they will all fail). – tripleee Jan 20 '17 at 9:06

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