May 26, 2018

Flexible port-knocking server and client

knockd is a port-knock server. It listens to all traffic on an ethernet or PPP interface, looking for special “knock” sequences of port-hits.

A client makes these port-hits by sending a TCP or UDP packet to a port on the server. This port need not be open – since knockd listens at the link-layer level, it sees all traffic even if it’s destined for a closed port. When the server detects a specific sequence of port-hits port-hits, it runs a command defined in its configuration file. This can be used to open up holes in a firewall for quick access.

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