On my CentOS 7, at one point, sudo ss -plt listed a port marked as LISTENING on *:30565, but there was no information whatsoever in the process column of its row. The other listening ports were showing their owning process as usual, like users:(("sshd",pid=1381,fd=3)), but that one row did not have any process information. lsof -i :30565 or netstat -p did not yeld any information either.

I haven't been able to reproduce this, and i struggle to think of a situation a "non-process" might be listening on a port (as i'm quite sure Linux does the intended cleanup work when a tcp-listening proess dies). As it happens with multiple programs too, the only explanation I can think of is that this is an "intended but very rootkit-y" behaviour of CentOS, but i'm most surely missing something. What might possibly have caused this?

  • Are you sure it was seen using sudo/root? – Rui F Ribeiro Nov 27 '16 at 14:47
  • Absolutely. ss -p without sudo would not show any process information on any row of the output, while with sudo i would see process information on every row but the one i mentioned. – Mario Vitale Nov 27 '16 at 14:50
  • Do you by chance use NFS? – Rui F Ribeiro Nov 27 '16 at 14:52
  • I do occasionally, and given your question i have just tried starting the nfs-server process, and reproduced the problem!! What's up here? – Mario Vitale Nov 27 '16 at 14:56
  • Welcome to Unix and Linux and congratulations for your first question btw. – Rui F Ribeiro Nov 27 '16 at 15:54

The point on netstat not showing the process information on some situations, for instance NFS, is that NFS is a kernel module, and as such, it does not run as a normal process, and does not have a PID.

You can find regularly threads about this situation if including NFS on your google searchs:

netstat doesn't report PID/Program name for some ports

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    It makes sense, thank you. It would have been nice of the netstat/ss/lsof tools (or their manuals) to give some more information on this matter – Mario Vitale Nov 27 '16 at 15:12

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