Clarifying http entries in /etc/services

Bug #694894 reported by jhansonxi on 2010-12-28
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: netbase

Port 8080 has the name "http-alt". The problem is that "http-alt" is not unique on IANA's list as it is shared with 8008 and 591:
http://www.iana.org/assignments/port-numbers

Wikipedia has different name assignments:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_TCP_and_UDP_port_numbers

RedHat implies a few more:
http://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/6/html/Managing_Confined_Services/sect-Managing_Confined_Services-Configuration_examples-Changing_port_numbers.html

I recommend the following changes and additions:
http-alt 8008 # Alternate HTTP
http_alt 8080 webcache # WWW Caching service
http_alt_alt 8090 # Alternate HTTP

These being all unofficial there isn't any hard rule for their names/assignments and there are plenty of exceptions. There are a lot of firewall "help" sites that list the ones I'm recommending but I'm unsure if they are using different sources or just using Wikipedia's list. Deciding a popularity contest with Google isn't ideal but I'm more concerned with uniqueness in the service names versus popular usage.

8090 is used by Tsung/IDX-Tsunami but it's not in Ubuntu/Debian
http://tsung.erlang-projects.org/user_manual.html#htoc22

VLC uses 8080 for streaming over http.

This was reported upstream:
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=608159

Stéphane Graber (stgraber) wrote :

Syncing with Debian's status. 8090 seem to have been dropped, leaving just one http-alt now.

Changed in netbase (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
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