best way to bind webserver to port 80 without running as root

Dino Vliet dino_vliet at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 4 10:23:17 UTC 2012


Hi all,
 
suddenly I'm facing this quest on freebsd 8. I need to bind my little webserver running aolserver to port 80. In the past I was always using port 8080 and had my router configured to forward requests on port 80 to the server on port 8080. However, I am planning to host my little site on a virtual server with a hosting company and figuredI can't use the workaround I always used. So my question is, how to bind aolserver to port 80 without running as root as I understood ports below 1024 can only be used by root.
I found a sysctl net.inet.ip.portrange.reservedhigh which enables me to set it to 0. However, I don't know what the security ramifications are of using that. Are there any other options I could consider?
 
Thanks
Dino


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