Strange activity reported by sniffer

Posted on 2004-08-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-11
Hi experts. I have a question for you. I am using EtherDetect Packet Sniffer to monitor my LAN activities. According to the Traffic Report Window, there is the following activity going on:

Start Time 14:10:19.992
Client IP Port:
Server IP Port: (This is one of my LAN machines.
Protocol: TCP:http
Packets: 10459

This seems bizarre since the rest of the lines show very little activity (all of them are under 100).
And I wonder why one of my machines is acting as a server. Any idea of what this could be? Any solution to the apparent problem?
Question by:Jewels1
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Expert Comment

ID: 11845297
Is that client address on the outside or the inside? If outside addresses can get to inside addresses like that you really need to check on your internet security.

Well, have you checked if that machine is running web services? Kaazaa and some related file-sharing apps can use port 80. So do many worms. You should really check out the LAN machine in question.

Accepted Solution

bfarmer earned 125 total points
ID: 11845301
The client and server should be switched.

Client IP Port -

Server IP Port -   (80 is the default port for HTTP)

ICY 404 Resource Not Found
icy-notice1:SHOUTcast Distributed Network Audio Server/posix v1.8.1<BR>
icy-notice2:The resource requested was not found<BR>

Looks like they're getting streaming audio from the site...
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Expert Comment

ID: 11845335
Oh yeah, didn't notice the client port is 80... your software may be just reading the conversation backwards.
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Author Comment

ID: 11845441
Well, the client address is definitely outside (My machines go from 192.168.100 to 106). Do you suggest I block port 80 from my router? I am pretty sure my machine is malware-free but I'll doublecheck

Expert Comment

ID: 11845473
is the ip address given by your isp?

go to

see if the traffic is internal or external....

try installing zonealarm on computer and see whats going in or out


Expert Comment

ID: 11845508
try forwarding all port 80 requests to (not a computer)

that way all port 80 requests will not be answered by that computer
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Expert Comment

ID: 11845511
If the outside machine is on port 80, which I didn't notice at first, then this is likely part of a session initiated by your inside machine. An outside machine can't just connect to some high-numbered port on your PC unless it has a service running there. If you block inbound traffic from port 80 you'll block all web access from your LAN- no traffic will be able to come back.

Author Comment

ID: 11845651
You are right Bfarmer. I just found out the user is receiving streaming audio from an online radio website. This matches the description of the problem. Thanks to all.

Expert Comment

ID: 11845662
Jewels1 -

This looks like legitimate traffic, just perhaps not desirable due to bandwidth usage.  If you have a policy against streaming audio, slap the user on the wrist.  If not, then don't worry about it.

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