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TOPIC: Blocking TCP port 69 also blocks TFTP

Blocking TCP port 69 also blocks TFTP 10 years 9 months ago #26018

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Hello guys,

I have a basic question, although a little tricky for me to understand. I was configuring some ACLs on a router, here is the thing I was trying to block TFTP traffic but by mistake I block TCP 69 port instead of UDP 69, both configuration successfully blocks TFTP. But here is the question, how come that blocking TCP:69 also blocks TFTP as TFTP works on UDP:69?

Thanks in advance. : ).

Re: Blocking TCP port 69 also blocks TFTP 10 years 9 months ago #26025

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TFTP Uses Some features of the TCP Stack such as acknowledgments, so by blocking tcp on port 69 you are effectivly stopping tftp from be able to establish a proper session with the host.

There are a few applications that use both TCP and UDP like BOOTP, DNS, NFS, SNMP.

Although it is not specifically stated in the RFC for TFTP is is however the case.

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