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Linux is listen on 127.0.0.1 - I can not change - nevertheless, access from outside?

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Dear all,

on my ubuntu-server is a service, which is unfortunately listening on 127.0.0.1 instead of 0.0.0.0. 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.
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by:pilson66
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Which service?
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Sophos Anti-Virus Web UI
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by:Blaz
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You could proxy the requests - if it is http traffic than with web proxy (squid, apache mod_proxy).

Otherwise a TCP or UDP proxy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netcat, http://www.boutell.com/rinetd/, http://www.xinetd.org/)

Iptables (kernel) has some limitations to redirecting to 127.0.0.1
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by:Chris Wong
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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.
http://www.sophos.com/support/knowledgebase/article/110856.html
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by:maxalarie
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I suggest you  install VNC  anduse VNC to connect  to it. I read the manual here and I dot think its possible.. http://www.sophos.com/sophos/docs/eng/instguid/linu_sen.pdf
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You could also use rinetd to forward the appropriate port from a normal to the loopback ip.

rinetd.conf
192.168.1.10 80 127.0.0.1 80

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Thanks a lot
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