Published on: February 12, 2019 by Anitta Jose
UDP is being a connectionless protocol, you can t reliably say that the port is open or not. Below two commands are the only way of checking the same. When you send a packet to the open port, there need not be any acknowledgment saying that the port is open.
Theoretically, UDP should give a ICMP REJECT message saying “port unreachable”, but it can also drop the message as if its a black hole.
# nmap -sU -p UN4500 xx.xx.xx.xx # nc -vz -u xx.xx.xx.xx 53
Using nmap and netcat tool would be of help, but let me repeat that this is not reliable. However, if you want to check whether the port is blocked at a hardware level either at client end or the server end, what you can probably do is to open a UDP port at the server end like below:
server.example.com # nc -u -l 4500
And then at the client side, open the communication using nc as below and write some message and check whether it is reaching at the server end.
client.example.com # nc -u server.example.com 4500
On a quick note, to check whether a port is open, programmatically/script, use the below command:
nc 127.0.0.1 22 &> /dev/null; echo $?
If $? is 0, the port is open and if 1, the port is closed.
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Category : Linux