Unexpected Ports Opened

  • Posted November 11, 2013

I was wondering why the following ports are open on my VM?

135/tcp filtered msrpc 139/tcp filtered netbios-ssn 445/tcp filtered microsoft-ds 4444/tcp filtered krb524 12345/tcp filtered netbus


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“Filtered” means, aggressively blocked, no reply at all from probe.

From the nmap man page:

Nmap cannot determine whether the port is open because packet filtering prevents its probes from reaching the port. The filtering could be from a dedicated firewall device, router rules, or host-based firewall software. These ports frustrate attackers because they provide so little information.

It’s kind of weird why such ports appear when I try to scan my VM. I just dropped everything from these ports to be sure.

DigitalOcean does <b>not</b> install a firewall by default. If you want to close those ports, check out <a href=“”>How to Setup a Firewall with UFW on an Ubuntu and Debian Cloud Server</a>.

Use lsof to find the process(es) that has the ports open; <br> <br># lsof -i TCP:135 <br> <br>You may need to install lsof (list open files)

actually I don’t have any process running smb or nmbd. I also checked listening ports but did not find any.

That is most likely because you have samba running.