[racket] Running a webserver on port 80

From: Jay McCarthy (jay.mccarthy at gmail.com)
Date: Fri Dec 9 20:38:43 EST 2011

On Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM, Jordan Schatz <jordan at noionlabs.com> wrote:

> What is considered the best way to run a web server as non-root and
> accept connections on port 80?
> I believe Apache handles it by being started as root, binding to the
> port, and then dropping privileges. I don't think that the racket web
> server knows to drop any privileges?

Since you start the Web server via a function call in Racket program, your
program can just as easily call 'setuid' after starting the server.

I don't like to start it as root at all. I prefer to start a high port and
install a firewall redirect as you mention.


> I'm guessing that common practice is to use iptables to redirect to a
> high numbered port? What about iptables lack of support for IPv6 NAT? are
> there any commonly used work arounds?
> Thanks,
> Jordan
> _________________________________________________
>  For list-related administrative tasks:
>  http://lists.racket-lang.org/listinfo/users

Jay McCarthy <jay at cs.byu.edu>
Assistant Professor / Brigham Young University

"The glory of God is Intelligence" - D&C 93
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.racket-lang.org/users/archive/attachments/20111209/3353df50/attachment.html>

Posted on the users mailing list.