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title = "Allow Non Root Processes to Bind to Privileged Ports"
date = "2021-03-28T20:03:16-05:00"
author = "bbaovanc"
tags = ["guide", "linux", "systemd"]
keywords = ["linux", "privileged", "ports", "tutorial", "guide", "gitea",
description = """
In Linux, processes cannot bind to privileged ports (<=1024) unless they are
running as root. Here's how to allow any process to bind to privileged ports.
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## Introduction
In Linux, processes cannot bind to privileged ports (<=1024) unless they are
running as root. I learned about this when I was trying to add SSH cloning to my
[Gitea]( instance. This can be bypassed by giving
`CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE` capabilities to either the systemd service, or the
executable itself.
## Giving `CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE` capabilities
### Using systemd (preferred)
The best way is to tell systemd to give `CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE`
capabilities to the service. In fact, the Gitea systemd service has two
lines[^1] that are commented out:
Uncommenting these two lines was all I had to do for Gitea.
### Using `setcap`
You can add `CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE` to the executable directly using `setcap`,
allowing it to bind to any port. Run the following command[^2]:
setcap 'cap_net_bind_service=+ep' /path/to/program
Note that this means that anyone with permission to run this program will be
able to run it and bind to any privileged ports.
Other caveats[^2]:
> 1. You will need at least a 2.6.24 kernel
> 2. This won't work if your file is a script. (ie, uses a #! line to launch an
> interpreter). In this case, as far I as understand, you'd have to apply the
> capability to the interpreter executable itself, which of course is a
> security nightmare, since any program using that interpreter will have the
> capability. I wasn't able to find any clean, easy way to work around this
> problem.
> 3. Linux will disable LD\_LIBRARY\_PATH on any program that has elevated
> privileges like setcap or suid. So if your program uses its own .../lib/,
> you might have to look into another option like port forwarding.