Is OpenNTPD better than the included NTPD?

Gábor Kövesdán gabor at
Wed Oct 11 13:15:02 PDT 2006

Kris Kennaway wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 11, 2006 at 03:31:47PM -0400, Rob wrote:
>> I don't plan on allowing anyone to connect to my machine or use it as
>> a NTPD server.  I see that OpenNTPD (OpenBSD's version) by default
>> doesn't listen on any IP/port and seems a little more secure.  Is this
>> a good one to use over the included one in FreeBSD, or is there
>> something better?
> How are you going to run an NTP server that doesn't listen on any
> IP/port?
> Kris
He might want to use it only for syncing, but ntpd also has such sort of 
function irrc. Anyway, OpenNTPD can do privilege separation, that ntpd 
can't, I don't know about another difference in the functionality. 
Personally, I use OpenNTPD from ports and I'm satisfied with it.



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