Linux is listen on - I can not change - nevertheless, access from outside?

Posted on 2011-03-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Dear all,

on my ubuntu-server is a service, which is unfortunately listening on instead of There is no config file to change this.

Is there any possibility, for example with iptables - using NAT - to access on this specific  port?

Thanks a lot.
Question by:it-mpib
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ID: 35187195
Which service?

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ID: 35187201
Sophos Anti-Virus Web UI
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ID: 35187640
You could proxy the requests - if it is http traffic than with web proxy (squid, apache mod_proxy).

Otherwise a TCP or UDP proxy (,,

Iptables (kernel) has some limitations to redirecting to
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by:Chris Wong
ID: 35187849
As it is not possible to change the port the Web GUI is listening on, you can do one of the following:
- use command line tools to perform every task that is configurable from the Web GUI. For more details refer to the Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux User Manual.
- use 3rd party tools like rinetd to redirect port 8081 to another additional port to listen on.

Expert Comment

ID: 35204505
I suggest you  install VNC  anduse VNC to connect  to it. I read the manual here and I dot think its possible..

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PowerToaster earned 250 total points
ID: 35215555
You could also use rinetd to forward the appropriate port from a normal to the loopback ip.

rinetd.conf 80 80


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ID: 35238977
Thanks a lot

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