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111 tcp,udp SunRPC Provides information between Unix based systems. Port is often probed, it can be used to fingerprint the Nix OS, and to obtain information about available services. Port used with NFS, NIS, or any rpc-based service.

Port 111 was designed by the Sun Microsystems as a component of their Network File System. It is also known as Open Network Computing Remote Procedure Call (ONC RPC). Port 111 is a port mapper with similar functions to Microsoft's port 135 or DCOM DCE.

Security Concerns: Provides rpc port map without auth, has no filtering or logging, rpcinfo probes can quickly find your Unix hosts. Shut down portmapper on any hosts not requiring rpcs, ensure it is blocked at net perimeters.

Trojans that use this port: ADM worm, MscanWorm, Sadmind/IIS Worm

NFS daemon (nfsd.exe) for Omni-NFS/X 6.1 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (resource exhaustion) via certain packets, possibly with the Urgent (URG) flag set, to port 111.
References: [CVE-1999-1349]

PORTSERV.exe in Emerson DeltaV and DeltaV Workstations 9.3.1, 10.3.1, 11.3, and 11.3.1 and DeltaV ProEssentials Scientific Graph allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (daemon crash) via a crafted (1) TCP or (2) UDP packet to port 111.
References: [CVE-2012-1816] [BID-53591] [SECUNIA-49210] [OSVDB-82012]

Vestel TV 42pf9322 is vulnerable to a denial of service. By sending a specially-crafted request containing an overlong string argument to port 111, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the device to malfunction.
References: [XFDB-87101] [BID-62394] [EDB-28271]

MiCOM C264 could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by an integer overflow in the RPC service. By sending specially-crafted data to port 111, an attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system with elevated privileges.
References: [XFDB-111158]

Vulnerability in BrightStor ARCserve Backup, can be exploited and cause a DoS (Denial of Service). The vulnerability is caused due to a NULL pointer dereference error when handling TADDR2UADDR (0x08) request types within the CA Remote Procedure Call Server service (CATIRPC.EXE). This can be exploited to crash the service by sending a specially crafted packet to port 111/UDP.
References: [CVE-2007-0816] [SECUNIA-24009]

The xdr_bytes and xdr_string functions in the GNU C Library (aka glibc or libc6) 2.25 mishandle failures of buffer deserialization, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (virtual memory allocation, or memory consumption if an overcommit setting is not used) via a crafted UDP packet to port 111, a related issue to CVE-2017-8779.
References: [CVE-2017-8804], [BID-98339]

rpcbind through 0.2.4, LIBTIRPC through 1.0.1 and 1.0.2-rc through 1.0.2-rc3, and NTIRPC through 1.4.3 do not consider the maximum RPC data size during memory allocation for XDR strings, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption with no subsequent free) via a crafted UDP packet to port 111, aka rpcbomb.
References: [CVE-2017-8779], [BID-98325]

On Junos OS, rpcbind should only be listening to port 111 on the internal routing instance (IRI). External packets destined to port 111 should be dropped. Due to an information leak vulnerability, responses were being generated from the source address of the management interface (e.g. fxp0) thus disclosing internal addressing and existence of the management interface itself. A high rate of crafted packets destined to port 111 may also lead to a partial Denial of Service (DoS). Note: Systems with fxp0 disabled or unconfigured are not vulnerable to this issue. This issue only affects Junos OS releases based on FreeBSD 10 or higher (typically Junos OS 15.1+). Administrators can confirm whether systems are running a version of Junos OS based on FreeBSD 10 or higher by typing: user@junos> show version | match kernel JUNOS OS Kernel 64-bit [20181214.223829_fbsd-builder_stable_10] Affected releases are Juniper Networks Junos OS: 15.1 versions prior to 15.1F6-S12, 15.1R7-S4; 15.1X53 versions prior to 15.1X53-D236; 16.1 versions prior to 16.1R7-S1; 16.2 versions prior to 16.2R2-S9; 17.1 versions prior to 17.1R3; 17.2 versions prior to 17.2R1-S8; 17.3 versions prior to 17.3R2; 17.4 versions prior to 17.4R1-S1, 17.4R1-S7, 17.4R2. This issue does not affect Junos OS releases prior to 15.1.
References: [CVE-2019-0040], [BID-107902], [XFDB-159358]
111 tcp,udp Sun Remote Procedure Call (official) Wikipedia
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Port numbers in computer networking represent communication endpoints. Ports are unsigned 16-bit integers (0-65535) that identify a specific process, or network service. IANA is responsible for internet protocol resources, including the registration of commonly used port numbers for well-known internet services.
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When troubleshooting unknown open ports, it is useful to find exactly what services/processes are listening to them. This can be accomplished in both Windows command prompt and Linux variants using the "netstat -aon" command. We also recommend runnig multiple anti-virus/anti-malware scans to rule out the possibility of active malicious software. For more detailed and personalized help please use our forums.

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