netstat –tcp -lp output not showing a process id

I often use ‘netstat –tcp -lpn’ to display a list of open ports on a server – so i can check things aren’t listening where they shouldn’t be (e.g. MySQL accepting connections from the world) and so on. Obviously I firewall boxes; but I like to have a reasonable default incase the firewall decides to flush itself randomly or whatever.

Anyway, I ran ‘netstat –tcp -lpn’ and saw something like the following :

tcp        0      0 127.0.0.1:3306          0.0.0.0:*               LISTEN      3355/mysqld     
tcp        0      0 0.0.0.0:54283           0.0.0.0:*               LISTEN      -               
tcp        0      0 0.0.0.0:111             0.0.0.0:*               LISTEN      1940/portmap

Now ‘mysqld’ looks OK – and portmap does (well, I need it on this box). But what on earth was listening on port 54283, and why is there no process name/pid attached to it?

After lots of rummaging, and paranoia where I thought perhaps the box had been rooted, I discovered it was from an NFS mount (which explains the lack of a pid, as it’s kernel based).

lsof -i tcp:54283

Didn’t help either. Unmounting the NFS filesystem did identify the problem – and the entry went away.

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