[SATLUG] Re: Questions about home server security: non-standard ports

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 16:30:31 CST 2013

Frank Huddleston wrote:
> Greetings,
>    Thanks for the suggestions about security on a home server. I see
> that one thing people do is use non-standard ports.
> I have done that myself, but get the feeling that it's just security
> through obfuscation and does nothing more than put a little hurdle in
> the way of a cracker, and increases complexity. So what do you think: is
> this worthwhile as a security measure?

In my mind, no.  Each service needs to be secured on it's own, but just 
changing the port number will not be a significant security measure. 
There are only 65K ports.  How long do you think it takes for a script 
to try them all?

   -- Bruce

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