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i am fairly new to linux and need to find out about the "X" windows listening on port 6000. i have spent some time trying to harden my system and was disappointed when i went to a web site to find out that my system is only 44% secure.
after running the netstat command as root, i found that my system was listening on port 6000 and i would like to know, from any guru's out there, how i can close, or stealth, this port....????
nothing too technical please....i am still in the very beginnings of learning.
Closing down the port with iptables is a pefectly legit solution (although your syntax isn't quite right). And the one-liner would be
iptables -A INPUT -p ALL -i eth0 --dport 6000 -j DROP
However, if you never plan on using X remotely, why not shut it down? This has two advantages, First, if something goes wrong with the firewall, there is still no way to get in this way because nothing is listening to port 6000. Second, whatever resources are being used by X to listen to 6000 are freed.