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Linux Network Control Notes;

Opensource base operating systems have many tools and command groups that can helps to solve a problem. To install and run these tools are very simple.We don't need to look for any license either :) You can get more detailed information by doing a small search on the web about the commands written below. It's open source, after all. Commands that I search and use over time when I need them. If you are dealing with network, I think it is useful to know the settings and usage of an open source operating system that can be made related to the network. The commands below are valid for Redhat, Centos.

We can see the Ethernet card installed in the system as follows;




Assigning IP address to Network Interface:

#/sbin/ifconfig eth0 netmask 

to set IP address pesistently, The parameters in the ifcfg-ethx file must be changed.


To Assign Secondary IP:

The first method involve creating a sub-interface configuration file and populating network information into it.

The network interface I’ll assign a secondary IPv4 address is Eth0. This interface configuration file is located inside the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts directory

#cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

Let’s create a sub-interface configuration file.

#sudo vim /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0:1

Reboot your server to confirm secondary IP address.

Note: for to be able to assign the secondary IP , The option during kernel compile must be : CONFIG_IP_ALIAS=y (Enabled by default in Redhat)

#/sbin/ifdown eth0 disable for ethernet 
#/sbin/ifup eth0   activate for ethernet 


Seeing for route table

# route -e

Adding route;

#route add -host dev eth0 
#route del -net netmask gw eth0 
#route add default gw dev eth1 

To permanently configure static routes, you can configure them by creating a route-interface file in the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ directory for the interface. For example, static routes for the Eth0 interface would be stored in the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-eth0 file.

Any changes that you make to a route-interface file do not take effect until you restart either the network service or the interface.

arp -na: to see arp table

ip neighbor show: to see arp table

netstat -i: shows what the application level activities are.

netstat -rn: to see route table

netstat -na | head or less:

netstat -an | grep LISTEN: for grepping listening port

nslookup: using like windows

dig: gives detail info for domain . for reverse request #dig -x ip_adresi

/etc/hosts IP hostname information can be written into /etc/hosts

/etc/resolv.conf This file keeps Domain names

Not: If we do not want the dns addresses that we have manually entered in the /etc/resolv.conf file to change when our dhcp client is started, we can try to change the attribute of the file with chattr.

 #chattr -a /etc/resolv.conf 

***to block ping ICMP request to Linux Systems

#echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/eth0/accept_redirects  

In addition, there are more than one parameter in this extension, all of them can be changed, the echo command actually provides this.


Used as a troubleshooting tool. The important thing is to get the port as promisc mode so that we can see all the packets. Therefore, it is necessary to see the packets that are not targeted.

# ifconfig eth0 promisc for enabling

# ifconfig eth0 -promisc: for disabling

To see it without any filters, just type tcpdump. But it would be good to write only the traffic we are interested in, as it will contain too much information.

#tcpdump -i eth0 : Only to see traffic coming to ethernet0.

#tcpdump -i -n eth0: for resolving domain.

#tcpdump -i -n eth0 -w record.pcap: for recording to a file.

#tcpdump -i -n eth0 -r record.pcap: to read from terminal .

#tcpdump -i -n eth0 -c 100 -r record.pcap: For a certain number of package reading.

#tcpdump src|dst host Only deals with a specific IP

#tcpdump port 80: for listening port that wanted


Nc(NetCat): is a networking utility used for reading or writing from TCP and UDP sockets using an easy interface. #nc -l 8080 &

Nmap: Nmap is used to discover hosts and services on a computer network by sending packets and analyzing the responses.

#nmap -O (detecting for operating systems)

Hping: It is a tool used for server and firewall testing.


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