BIND (named) is listening on port 53 and some other high-numbered port. What is going on?

FreeBSD 3.0 and later use a version of BIND that uses a random high-numbered port for outgoing queries. If you want to use port 53 for outgoing queries, either to get past a firewall or to make yourself feel better, you can try the following in /etc/namedb/named.conf:

    options {
            query-source address * port 53;
    };

You can replace the * with a single IP address if you want to tighten things further.

Congratulations, by the way. It is good practice to read your sockstat(1) output and notice odd things!



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