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Old 13th September 2012, 16:48
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Unhappy Skype for linux opens TCP and UDP port directly on router?


i have noticed a strange thing. In my router there is a port forward that i did not made. It is even not visible in the manual port forwarding menu, it is only visible in the port forwarding log:

Destination Proto. Port Range Redirect to
all TCP 31929
all UDP 31929

i have tried telnet from my network, and from outside to this port, and it connects, the connection stays active 4-5 seconds then it drops

# telnet MY_REMOTE_IP 31929
Trying MY_REMOTE_IP...
Connected to MY_REMOTE_IP.
Escape character is '^]'.
Connection closed by foreign host.

on i have checked which service is running on this port, and guess what??? it was skype!!!

when i quit skype, ports close, but this redirect still stays in my router table, even if i refresh.

i have for 2 weeks reinstalled this PC with debian and downloaded skype from the official site as .deb package.

the questions is how did skype managed to open those ports on my router and redirect them to the PC on which skype is running


why does skype needs those ports

i will be happy to hear your opinions!
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