Recipe 17.20 Program: backsniff

This program logs attempts to connect to ports. It uses the Sys::Syslog module to log the connection attempt through a Unix socket, with logging level LOG_NOTICE and facility LOG_DAEMON. It uses getsockname to find out what port was connected to and getpeername to find out what machine made the connection. It uses getservbyport to convert the local port number (e.g., 7) into a service name (e.g, "echo").

It produces entries in the system log file like this:

May 25 15:50:22 coprolith sniffer: Connection from to

Install it in the inetd.conf file with a line like this:

echo    stream  tcp nowait  nobody /usr/scripts/snfsqrd sniffer

The program is shown in Example 17-9.

Example 17-9. backsniff
  #!/usr/bin/perl -w
  # backsniff - log attempts to connect to particular ports
  use strict;
  use Sys::Syslog qw(:DEFAULT setlogsock);
  use Socket;
  # identify my port and address
  my $sockname       = getsockname(STDIN)
                       or die "Couldn't identify myself: $!\n";
  my ($port, $iaddr) = sockaddr_in($sockname);
  my $my_address     = inet_ntoa($iaddr);
  # get a name for the service
  my $service = (getservbyport ($port, "tcp"))[0] || $port;
  # now identify remote address
  $sockname          = getpeername(STDIN)
                           or die "Couldn't identify other end: $!\n";
  ($port, $iaddr)    = sockaddr_in($sockname);
  my $ex_address     = inet_ntoa($iaddr);
  # and log the information
  openlog("sniffer", "ndelay", "daemon");
  syslog("notice", "Connection from %s to %s:%s\n", $ex_address,
          $my_address, $service);
  closelog( );