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

mrkvrg mrkvrg at
Sun Jul 15 20:12:38 UTC 2012

Hello All,

I have a similar problem with passive ftp due to a self-imposed 
restrictive firewall.  When "make fetch" is run on a port and ftp data 
is required, the PF firewall stops the program from completing.  I got 
around this problem by restarting the firewall with a separate set of 
rules that opened up more ports needed for passive ftp.  After the fetch 
operation I would then restart PF with the more restrictive rules.  This 
sequence works but is a pain to maintain and also opens up a large 
number of ports during ftp operations.  I would like to have a setup in 
which I do not have to restart my firewall every time I need to use 
passive ftp.

From past experience setting MASTER_SORT to http works for those ports 
that use http but obviously has not worked for those ports that ONLY use 

I tried to use ftp-proxy but as far as I'm able to ascertain it will not 
work on my simple home office setup.  It is a single client connected to 
the internet via a router:

  host <--> router <--> adsl modem <--> ISP.

Any help to resolve this will be greatly appreciated.

Cheers ...


On Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:23:29 Kaya Saman wrote:
> Hi,
> I am trying to introduce FreeBSD into my office and it's been looked
> at with quite a bit of enthusiasm however, what makes it look bad is
> our companies 'security' policy to block FTP.
> At present they are running a whole bunch of CentOS based boxes and
> VM's which of course can be run through port 80 when using YUM.
> How does one get round this issue as my superiors are telling me that
> opening up FTP is a security risk and therefor don't want to proceed?
> I would like to use ports specifically and not the pkg_add tool to
> get software.
> Can anyone sugget anything?
> Regards,
> Kaya
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