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My machine is generating a lot of network traffic, all from the same source port, with many different destinations (found this out by running iftop -P, and from my router's logs).

How do I find the process that is generating this traffic?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

i would use:

netstat -punta | grep <src port>

it will give you PIDs and binary name for each

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What's the point of specifying -t and -u if -a is given? – tink Oct 28 '12 at 19:38
@tink so you dont get UNIX domain sockets and so you get UDP and TCP in connected or listen states – h3rrmiller Oct 28 '12 at 21:57
I find -atup and -atunp faster to type :) – XTL Oct 29 '12 at 6:46
@XTL -punta is easier for me to remember because its very close to a naughty word in spanish :D – h3rrmiller Oct 29 '12 at 13:17

You could try something like this (for port 80):

netstat -p --numeric-ports | grep :80

This is not the best solution, but should give the information you need.

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I have had good luck using nethogs which has an active github repo

sudo apt-get install nethogs

or compile from source

git clone https://github.com/raboof/nethogs.git
cd nethogs
sudo make install

... then view traffic, say on your WiFi interface :

sudo nethogs wlan0
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