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TCP and UDP Port Assignments

Transport Control Protocol (TCP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP) ports, and Protocol Numbers are important to TCP/IP networking, intranets, and the Internet. Ports and protocol numbers provide access to a host computer. However, they also create a security hazard by allowing uninvited access. Therefore, knowing which port to allow or disable increases a network's security. If the wrong ports or protocol numbers are disabled on a firewall, router, or proxy server as a security measure, essential services might become unavailable.

In This Appendix

Port Assignments and Protocol Numbers

Port Assignments for Commonly-Used Services

Protocol Numbers

Related Information in the Resource Kit

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