What's this netstat result mean?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gauchogolfer, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    Disclaimer: I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to using the Terminal.

    So, I was interested in what active internet connections I might have going at the moment, what with these discussions of remote vulnerabilities, etc., just to be familiar with what my machine *should* look like under normal circumstances. I saw the terminal command: netstat -a and gave it a whirl. The screenshot is attached.

    I'm mainly wondering about the stuff under foreign address like server.untogethe.http .

    When this was taken I was connected to the internet via VPN, browsing a couple of sites (including MR of course), using iCal, iTunes, iChat and that's it.

    Thanks for the feedback!


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  2. superwoman macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2005
    Connections with CLOSE_WAIT states are fine. Those could have been web ads connections that have closed.

    Always check for connections with LISTEN states. If there's a active backdoor, this is where it'll show up. Also, try "netstat -an" to see numeric port numbers.

    By the way, while you're at the Terminal, "man netstat" will help you understand what you're seeing.

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