Is there a way to run FreeBSD ports through port 80?

Kaya Saman kayasaman at
Thu Jul 12 18:01:16 UTC 2012

On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM, Peter Vereshagin <peter at> wrote:
> Hello.
> 2012/07/12 13:19:56 -0400 Lowell Gilbert <freebsd-questions-local at> => To Kaya Saman :
> LG> URLs as well as FTP. For ones that aren't, (and assuming the rather
> LG> silly security policies won't allow for an external web-based FTP proxy)
> LG> you may need to bring them in by offline media.
> I believe there should be the way of using the passive ftp (and any other
> protocol) via the HTTP CONNECT method to the ftp (or any other port needed for
> other protocol/app) port and then handling the both control and data
> connections through the consequent copmmands and data exhange.
> As far as I remember this can be done at least via the
> software, certainly available in the ports collection.
> Kaya, if your http proxy handles HTTP CONNECT to the port 21/ftp this can be
> the workaround for you about the freebsd ports requiring ftp download ability.
> Most surprise for me is why no one is interested about what kind of a danger
> the ftp protocol can ever be? i. e. skype is much more vicious in comparison to
> ftp and s much harder to be restricted by a packet filter if even possoible.
> --
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Thanks Peter for the advise.

Our system is totally locked down with hardly any ports open on our
NAT, only the necessary ones.

I'm not sure if the Proxy would support the HTTP CONNECT as it's an
appliance which my superior has control over.

I will check it out however and see if that method is best, however
CVSup would be the best way for us and I'm already looking at this:

which should be enough to get a demo up and running.



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