very short and basic question, i'm having trouble in a network's homework i'm having. This is the point i'm asked to implement:

  • Configure SSH remote port forwarding in order to redirect the port 83 of pc1 to the port 8000 of s1.

To do it, i used a simple

s1:~# ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -NR 83: [email protected] &

Where is the ip of pc1, however every time i receive as return the warning:

Warning: Remote Port Forwarding failed for listen port 83

I have nothing running that's already using the 83, also if I try to locally (from pc1) try to listen on port 83 I can easly do it.

Note: i receive this error from all the privileged ports i try to bind.

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    We ended up solving it with another tool with sudo to forward the privileged port. With ssh, forward a non-privileged port like 1443, then with socat do sudo socat TCP-LISTEN:443,fork TCP:
    – Luc
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 12:43

2 Answers 2


You either need to be root to bind ports below 1024 or have the CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE capability. In order to obtain it run:

 sudo -E -- setpriv --inh-caps +net_bind_service --ambient-caps +net_bind_service --reuid $USERNAME /bin/bash

This runs as root the setpriv utility, which switches back to your uid, but adds the CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE capability.


You need to be root on pc1 aka in order to redirect ports less that 1024, rather than ssh_user.

Since you can bind port 83 if you are logged onto pc1 (presumably as root), it might be easier to start from pc1 and ssh to s1. Use '-L' to bind port 83 locally rather than '-R'.

  • The user on s1 is root, on pc i tried to move ssh_user as a root user with :"usermod -aG sudo ssh_user" but nothing changed. Yeah, it would be much easier to use a local port forw. but that's not what i'm requested to implement :c
    – Ozozuz
    Commented Nov 26, 2019 at 9:36

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