mdsnresponder on port 49159 or 49163

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ryesky, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. ryesky macrumors newbie

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    This is my first post on these forums and I'm a relatively new Mac user. I've always been (excessively and obsessively) paranoid about what runs on my system, more specifically what shows up in netstat and/or lsof. Anyway, I notice there are 5 results for mdnsresponder when I do:

    Code:
    sudo lsof -i
    in the terminal... One of them makes me a bit curious:
    Code:
    mDNSRespo  21 _mdnsresponder   12u  IPv4 0x2c1d380      0t0  UDP *:49163
    I notice it's either this port or port 49159. Like I mentioned, I'm probably going a bit overboard by posting something that's probably trivial, but I always like to know these things, ie: what port 49163/49159 are for with mdnsresponder AND if anybody else has similar results of the "lsof" command. Googling yielded no conclusions.

    Thanks.
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    mDNSResponder is a little system service which, I believe, is used to make DNS lookups and other DNS-related things. That is why it can't be disabled from the firewall interface.
     
  3. ryesky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea, I figure that much. There are 4 other instances of it in the lsof output (on ports 5353 5351 and 5350 i think), but I can't figure out why it'd be open on such a high port like 49163
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Perhaps because there's an instance of it running for every user currently active on the system. If that's the case, then I suspect that the one on 49163 is yours, and the 535x ones belong to various system-created users.
     

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