Port Authority Edition – Internet Vulnerability Profiling
by Steve Gibson,  Gibson Research Corporation.





Goto Port 8033
Probe Port 8080
Enter Port: 0-65535
Goto Port 8088



Port Authority Database

Port 8080

Name: 
http-alt

Purpose: 
HTTP Alternate (see port 80 and port 81)

Description: 
This port is a popular alternative to port 80 for offering web services. "8080" was chosen since it is "two 80's", and also because it is above the restricted well known service port range (ports 1-1023, see below).

Its use in a URL requires an explicit "default port override" to request a web browser to connect to port 8080 rather than the http default of port 80. See the discussion of URL defaults and port overrides on the port 81 page.

Related Ports: 
80, 81, 82, 443, 8090




Background and Additional Information:

Life above the well known service port range

The Internet was largely born on UNIX-based systems and servers. UNIX enforces the notion of the first 1023 "privileged ports" which can only be opened by services running with so-called "root", or administrative, privileges. Historically, this meant that only authorized system administrators were able to establish and operate a web server on port 80 since this was within the first 1023-port privileged region. Therefore, when non-administrators wished to run their own web servers on machines which might already have a server running on port 80, or when they were not authorized to run services below port 1024, port 8080 was often chosen as a convenient place to host a secondary or alternate web server.

As you will see in greater detail in the discussion of URL defaults and port overrides on the port 81 page, a specially formed URL of the form http://www.domain.com:8080/ is used to specify a port other than the protocol's default.

For further information regarding accessing port 8080, see the discussion on the port 81 page regarding URL defaults and overriding the default ports used by Internet protocols.

Trojan Sightings: Brown Orifice, Generic backdoor, RemoConChubo, Reverse WWW Tunnel Backdoor, RingZero

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