Re: NFS Over Private Network

From: Luc I. Suryo (
Date: 03/25/04

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    Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 22:34:12 -0700
    To: Thomas Lindsay <>

    well on A solaris 9 system, from man nfsd

    -t device

               Start a NFS daemon for the transport specified by the
               given device. Equivalent of the NFSD_DEVICE parameter
               in the nfs file.

    so in /etc/init.d/nfs.server adjust the startup of the nfsd deamon only
    on the interface you need.

    And I would certainly advice to use TCP and NFS version 3 and then
    make sure in the /etc/dfs/dfstab (/etc/export is not the file to be used
    on a Solaris 2.x system) and btw you could use something like this
            -o rw=@

    As far nfs/share, Solaris will not allow nfs mount unless the host
    define is in /etc/hosts, so if you do want a more secure setting you may
    *not* want to use the @xxxx method...

    But check the man share_nfs..

    > To what degree does this solution *protect* the share itself? Is there a
    > way to tie the server share to a given interface, or better yet, bind nfsd
    > itself to a specific interface? Call me paranoid, but I don't trust the
    > builtin security mechanisms of nfs too far, especially considering the
    > vulnerability rates of some Solaris rpc services in recent years.
    > If nfsd cannot be specifically bound to a given interface (and hence not
    > bound to others), then a private network between two machines will serve
    > only to prevent man-in-the-middle types of attacks but still leaves the
    > data vulnerable to any attack on the nfs server itself through the public
    > interfaces.

    to answer your question, it can be done in Solaris and as far rpc
    issues, well the bottom line is very simple, security is not bound to a
    OS, one must make sure that 1. the network is secure and 2. the Network
    and system-administrator people need to make sure that both the systems
    and the network at the highest possible path security level...
    Security is not free.. it takes effort and 'pain' :)

    btw: i checked Solaris 8, it does accept the -t option too...

    does this help?


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