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On Unix-based systems, port 80 is protected; typically only the superuser root can open it. For security reasons, it is not desirable to run the server as root. This page presents several options to access port 80 as a non-root user, including using ipchains, iptables, Jetty's SetUID feature, xinetd, and the Solaris 10 User Rights Management Framework.
On some Linux systems you can use the ipchains REDIRECT mechanism to redirect from one port to another inside the kernel (if ipchains is not available, then usually iptables is):
# /sbin/ipchains -I input --proto TCP --dport 80 -j REDIRECT 8080
This command instructs the system as follows: "Insert into the kernel's packet filtering the following as the first rule to check on incoming packets: if the protocol is TCP and the destination port is 80, redirect the packet to port 8080". Be aware that your kernel must be compiled with support for ipchains (virtually all stock kernels are). You must also have the ipchains command-line utility installed. You can run this command at any time, preferably just once, since it inserts another copy of the rule every time you run it.
On many Linux systems you can use the iptables REDIRECT mechanism to redirect from one port to another inside the kernel (if iptables is not available, then usually ipchains is).
You need to add something like the following to the startup scripts or your firewall rules:
# /sbin/iptables -t nat -I PREROUTING -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8080
The underlying model of iptables is different from ipchains, so the forwarding normally happens only to packets originating off-box. You also need to allow incoming packets to port 8080 if you use iptables as a local firewall.
Be careful to place rules like this one early in your input chain. Such rules must precede any rule that accepts the packet, otherwise the redirection won't occur. You can insert as many rules as required if your server needs to listen on multiple ports, as for HTTPS.
SetUID is a technique that uses Unix-like file system access right to allow users to run an executable that would otherwise require higher privileges.
Jetty's SetUID module allows you to run Jetty as a normal user even when you need to run Jetty on port 80 or 443.
To use it with the jetty distribution:
Ensure that you have the http.mod (and https.mod if you are using SSL) modules enabled for the base you are using. The http.mod is enabled by default in the distribution, while the https.mod is only enabled in the demo-base directory.
Enable the setuid.mod module:
# java -jar start.jar --add-to-start=setuid
The --add-to-start command will enable the setuid module for this and all subsequent executions of jetty. There are other ways to enable the module, such as just for this execution. For more information on the alternatives see the section on Managing Startup Modules.
Edit the configuration for the setuid module to substitute the
userid and groupid of the user to switch to after starting. If you
--add-to-start command, this configuration is in
start.ini file. If you used the
--add-to-startd command instead, this configuration is in
start.d/setuid.ini file instead. Here are the lines
As well as opening the connectors as root, you can also have jetty start the Server as root before changing to the non-root user.
You now need a native code library to do the user switching. This code is hosted as part of the Jetty ToolChain project and it is released independently from Jetty itself. You can find the source code here in the jetty-setuid project. Build it locally, which will produce a native library appropriate for the operating system:
# mvn clean install
If you built on a linux
machine you will find the native library in
If you built on a different operating system you will find the library
in a different subdirectory, with the name containing the name of the
operating system. You might like to copy this file into your jetty
distribution's lib directory.
Start jetty as the root user in your base directory, providing the location of the native library to java. Here's an example of how to do it on the command line, assuming were are in the demo-base directory:
# sudo java -Djava.library.path=libsetuid-linux -jar ../start.jar
Solaris 10 provides a User Rights Management framework that can permit users and processes superuser-like abilities:
usermod -K defaultpriv=basic,net_privaddr myself
myself user can bind to port 80.