UNIX Networking

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Kernel Structure (Traditional)

UNIX Shell

Since the kernel is responsible for so many complex tasks (translation, memory and file system management, etc), it typically cannot spend too much time making life too easy for the person using it. Its user interface, though much better than that of the hardware, still slows down for the average user. Fortunately, UNIX implements another layer of abstraction that envelops the kernel. This next layer is called a shell. The benefit of a shell, of course, is that it is built primarily for people. Time and energy have been taken to develop a user-friendly interface with a language more intelligible than either the language of the hardware or that of the kernel.

Shell and Users

Shell and User Isolation

This is similar to the IBM Virtual Machine Model.

UNIX Layers

This is similar to the Java Virtual Machine Model.

UNIX File System
The Disk Arrangement :

The boot block contains the code to bootstrap the OS. The super block contains information about the entire
disk. The I-node list a list of inodes, and the data blocks contains the actual data in the form of directories and files.

UNIX Files
Hierarchical Directory Structure in UNIX

File Permissions

The UNIX file-system can prevent unauthorized users from reading or altering files or directories. Every file or directory has specific permissions associated with it, giving different categories of user certain permissions. - just the owner "login User" - a group of userids "Group“(except user) - all the other users "Others"(except user and group) The following permissions/rights of access are available: - read 4 "(r)ead" - write 2 "(w)rite" - execute 1 "e(x)ecute" (to enter/search in a directory) - nothing 0 The first character specifies the file type. This is normally : indicates a file d indicates a directory

Example – File Permissions
files directory ---------(no permissions) d---------rwx------ (high security!) drwx------rwx--x--- (various perm. ) drwxr-x---rw-r--r--

UNIX - Process Hierarchy
* Th e UNIX d aem ons ar e als o ind icate d

UNIX Inter Process Communications (IPC)
devices signals pipes

and streams

and FIFOs (named Pipes) message queues semaphores shared memory sockets

UNIX Signals
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There is a very easy, simple, and sometimes useful method for one process to bug another: signals. Basically, one process can "raise" a signal and have it delivered to another process. The destination process' signal handler (just a function) is invoked and the process can handle it. Many signals are predefined and the process has a default signal handler to deal with it. A default handler? Yes. Take SIGINT for example. This is the interrupt signal that a process receives when the user hits ^C. The default signal handler for SIGINT causes the process to exit! You can override the SIGINT to do whatever you want (or nothing at all!)

Example 5 - Signals
#include <stdio.h> #include <stdlib.h> #include <errno.h> #include <signal.h> int main(void) { void sigint_handler(int sig); /* prototype */ char s[200]; /* set up the handler */ if (signal(SIGINT, sigint_handler) == SIG_ERR) { perror("signal"); exit(1); } printf("Enter a string:\n"); if (gets(s) == NULL) perror("gets"); else printf("You entered: \"%s\"\n", s); return 0; } void sigint_handler(int sig) { printf("Not this time!\n"); }

Example 5 - Discussion

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What happens when you run it? If you are in the midst of entering a string and you hit ^C, the call to gets() fails and sets the global variable errno to EINTR. Additionally, sigint_handler() is called and does its routine, so you actually see: Enter a string: the quick brown fox jum^CNot this time! gets: Interrupted system call When the signal handler is called, the signal handler for that particular signal is reset to the default handler! The practical upshot of this is that our sigint_handler() would trap ^C the first time we hit it, but not after that.

Catching Signals Many Times
The quick and dirty solution is to reset the signal handler within itself like so: void sigint_handler(int sig) { signal(SIGINT, sigint_handler); /* reset it to this function */ printf("Not this time!\n"); } The problem with this setup is that it introduces a race condition. If an interrupt occurs and the handler is called, but then a second interrupts occurs before the first is able to reset the interrupt handler, the default handler will be called. Signals are thus not well structured.

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Semaphores can be thought of as really generic advisory locking mechanisms. You can use them to control access to files, shared memory, and, well, just about anything you want. The basic functionality of a semaphore is that you can either set it, check it, or wait until it clears then set it ("test-n-set"). No matter how complex the stuff that follows gets, remember those three operations. Semaphore is a simple synchronization mechanism.

Semaphores at Work - 1
There are 3 semaphores (shown in Fig A):

S1 has a value of zero and process P1 is blocked on S1; S2 has a value of three, meaning process(es) may execute –ve operation on S2 without being put to sleep. Resources are held with no users. S3 has a value of zero, and has two sleeping processes, P4 and P5, blocked on it.

Semaphores at Work - 2

What happens when a process executes an +ve on S1? In figure B, process P1 is activated by the +ve operation. It executes a –ve on S1 and enters its critical section. Semaphore is a simple synchronization mechanism.

Messages and Mailboxes

UNIX Message Queues
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A message queue is a queue onto which messages can be placed. A message is composed of a message type (which is a number), and message data. A message queue can be either private, or public. If it is private, it can be accessed only by its creating process or child processes of that creator. If it's public, it can be accessed by any process that knows the queue's key. Several processes may write messages onto a message queue, or read messages from the queue. Messages may be read by type, and thus not have to be read in a FIFO order as is the case with pipes.

Messages and Synchronization

UNIX Shared Memory

A segment of memory that is shared between processes is called a shared memory. You just connect to the shared memory segment, and get a pointer to the memory. You can read and write to this pointer and all changes you make will be visible to everyone else connected to the segment.

What is Socket ?

The socket is the BSD method for accomplishing interprocess communication (IPC). What this means is a socket is used to allow one process to speak to another, very much like the telephone is used to allow one person to speak to another.

Socket Programming Simplified

xinetd (inetd) is a daemon that has a bulk of server code required already built-in. We need to invoke this daemon on the server side and write the client code.

Introduction to Unix Network Programming
Reference: Stevens Unix Network Programming



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How do we Communicate?

Send a mail from Alice to Bob


Alice in Champaign, Bob in Hollywood US Postal Service



Hollywood, California Champaign, Illinois



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What does Alice do?
Alice 200 Cornfield Rd. Champaign, IL 61820

Bob 100 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028
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Bob’s address (to a mailbox) Bob’s name – in case people share mailbox Postage – have to pay! Alice’s own name and address – in case Bob wants to return a message
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What does Bob do?
Alice 200 Cornfield Rd. Champaign, IL 61820

Bob 100 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028
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Install a mailbox Receive the mail Get rid of envelope Read the message
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What about sending a TCP/IP packet?
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Very similar to Alice-mailing-to-Bob Different terminologies – very confusing

We have to remember Suppose to be better (faster, more reliable, cheaper, …)

Different technologies



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Direction and Principles

Transport Network Data Link Physical

learn to use Internet for communication (with focus on implementation of networking concepts) learn to build network from ground up
Principles and Concepts



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process sends/receives messages to/from its socket socket analogous to mailbox  sending process relies on transport infrastructure which brings message to socket at receiving process

host or server controlled by app developer

host or server

process socket TCP with buffers, variables

process socket


TCP with buffers, variables


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Network Programming with Sockets


Stevens 2nd or 3rd ed., Ch. 1-6 or 1st ed., Ch. 1-3, 6

Sockets API:

A transport layer service interface
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Introduced in 1981 by BSD 4.1 Implemented as library and/or system calls Similar interfaces to TCP and UDP Can also serve as interface to IP (for super-user); known as “raw sockets”



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Client-Server Model


Asymmetric Communication
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Client sends requests Server sends replies Well-known name (e.g., IP address + port) Waits for contact Processes requests, sends replies Initiates contact Waits for response

Client Server Client

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Client-Server Communication Model

Service Model
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Server processes multiple clients’ requests simultaneously Server processes only one client’s requests at a time Server maintains multiple connections, but processes responses sequentially



Client and server categories are not disjoint
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A server can be a client of another server A server can be a client of its own client



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int main(int argc, char **argv) { int sockfd = socket(PF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, 0); struct hostent * he = gethostbyname(argv[1]); struct sockaddr_in their_addr; their_addr.sin_addr = *((struct in_addr *)he->h_addr); their_addr.sin_port = htons(atoi(argv[2])); their_addr.sin_family = AF_INET; memset(their_addr.sin_zero, ‘\0’, sizeof their_addr.sin_zero); connect(sockfd, (struct sockaddr *) their_addr, sizeof their_addr); write(sockfd, “GET /\r\n”, strlen(“GET /\r\n”)); while (1) { char buf[100]; int len = read(sockfd, buf, 100); if (len <= 0) { close(sockfd); return 0; } else { write(1, buf, len); } } } 8/29/07 UIUC - CS/ECE 438, Fall 2007

int sockfd = socket(PF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, 0);

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Creates a new socket SOCK_STREAM = TCP SOCK_DGRAM = UDP



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TCP Connections

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) Service
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OSI Transport Layer Service Model
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Reliable byte stream (interpreted by application) 16-bit port space allows multiple connections on a single host Connection-oriented
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Set up connection before communicating Tear down connection when done
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TCP Service

Reliable Data Transfer
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Guarantees delivery of all data Exactly once if no catastrophic failures Guarantees in-order delivery of data If A sends M1 followed by M2 to B, B never receives M2 before M1 Monitors network and adjusts transmission appropriately Prevents senders from wasting bandwidth Reduces global congestion problems Full-Duplex byte stream
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Sequenced Data Transfer
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Regulated Data Flow
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Data Transmission


UDP Services

User Datagram Protocol Service
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OSI Transport Layer Provides a thin layer over IP 16-bit port space (distinct from TCP ports) allows multiple recipients on a single host



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UDP Services

Unit of Transfer

Datagram (variable length packet) No guaranteed delivery Drops packets silently No guarantee of maintained order of delivery No flow control
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Unlimited Transmission


struct hostent * he = gethostbyname(argv[1]); struct sockaddr_in their_addr; their_addr.sin_addr = *((struct in_addr *)he->h_addr);

Look up destination host name



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Addresses and Data

Internet domain names
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Human readable Variable length Ex: sal.cs.uiuc.edu Easily handled by routers/computers Fixed length Somewhat geographical Ex:

IP addresses
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Address Access/Conversion Functions

All binary values are network byte ordered

struct hostent* gethostbyname (const char* hostname);

Translate English host name to IP address (uses DNS)

struct hostent* gethostbyaddr (const char* addr, size_t len, int family);

Translate IP address to English host name (not secure)

char* inet_ntoa (struct in_addr inaddr);

Translate IP address to ASCII dotted-decimal notation (e.g., “”)
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Structure: hostent

The hostent data structure (from /usr/include/netdb.h)
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canonical domain name and aliases list of addresses associated with machine also address type and length information

struct hostent { char* h_name; /* official name of host */ char** h_aliases; /* NULL-terminated alias list */ int h_addrtype /* address type (AF_INET) */ int h_length; /* length of addresses (4B) */ char** h_addr_list; /* NULL-terminated address list */ #define h_addr h_addr_list[0];/* backward-compatibility */ };



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Choose port
their_addr.sin_port = htons(atoi(argv[2]));

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Select a destination port Convert byte order



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Byte Ordering

Big Endian vs. Little Endian

Little Endian (Intel, DEC):

Least significant byte of word is stored in the lowest memory address Most significant byte of word is stored in the lowest memory address Allows both sides to communicate Must be used for some data (i.e. IP Addresses) Good form for all binary data

Big Endian (Sun, SGI, HP):

Network Byte Order = Big Endian
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Byte Ordering Functions
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16- and 32-bit conversion functions (for platform independence) Examples:

int m, n; short int s,t; m s n t = = = = ntohl ntohs htonl htons (n) (t) (m) (s) net-to-host net-to-host host-to-net host-to-net long (32-bit) translation short (16-bit) translation long (32-bit) translation short (16-bit) translation



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Socket address
their_addr.sin_family = AF_INET; memset(their_addr.sin_zero, ‘\0’, sizeof their_addr.sin_zero);

Fill in a few fields in the socket address structure “Magic”



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Socket Address Structure

IP address:
struct in_addr { in_addr_t s_addr; }; /* 32-bit IP address */

TCP or UDP address:
struct sockaddr_in { short sin_family; ushort sin_port; struct in_addr; }; /* e.g., AF_INET */ /* TCP/UDP port */ /* IP address */

all but sin_family in network byte order
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Connecting the socket
connect(sockfd, (struct sockaddr *) their_addr, sizeof their_addr);

Actually creates a TCP connection, contacting a server Afterwards, use file descriptor like a regular file - read, write, close



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int main(int argc, char **argv) { int sockfd = socket(PF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, 0); struct sockaddr_in my_addr; my_addr.sin_addr = INADDR_ANY; my_addr.sin_port = htons(atoi(argv[1])); my_addr.sin_family = AF_INET; memset(my_addr.sin_zero, ‘\0’, sizeof my_addr.sin_zero); bind(sockfd, (struct sockaddr *) my_addr, sizeof my_addr); listen(sockfd, 10); while (1) { struct sockaddr_in their_addr; int sin_size; int newfd = accept(sockfd, (struct sockaddr *) & their_addr, &sin_size); write(newfd, “Hello world!\n”, 14); close(newfd); } }



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Address specification
my_addr.sin_addr = INADDR_ANY;

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Accept connections from any address Can also select a specific interface here



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bind(sockfd, (struct sockaddr *) my_addr, sizeof my_addr);

Connects a socket with a well-known incoming port on a local system



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listen(sockfd, 10);

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Start accepting connections 10 is the amount of backlog connections

If more than 10 clients waiting, computer will refuse new connections



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int newfd = accept(sockfd, (struct sockaddr *) & their_addr, &sin_size);

Receive a new connection

their_addr contains the address of the remote host

newfd is the socket descriptor for communications

Used like a regular socket, can read write close
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TCP Connection Example
client socket connect socket bind listen accept server

write read write read close read close



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UDP Connection Example
client socket socket sendto recvfrom sendto recvfrom close bind server



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Functions: sendto
int sendto (int sockfd, char* buf, size_t nbytes, int flags, struct sockaddr* destaddr, int addrlen);  Send a datagram to another UDP socket.
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Returns number of bytes written or -1. Also sets errno on failure. sockfd: socket file descriptor (returned from socket) buf: data buffer nbytes: number of bytes to try to read flags: see man page for details; typically use 0 destaddr: IP address and port number of destination socket addrlen: length of address structure

= sizeof (struct sockaddr_in)



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Functions: recvfrom
int recvfrom (int sockfd, char* buf, size_t nbytes, int flags, struct sockaddr* srcaddr, int* addrlen);  Read a datagram from a UDP socket.
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Returns number of bytes read (0 is valid) or -1. Also sets errno on failure. sockfd: socket file descriptor (returned from socket) buf: data buffer nbytes: number of bytes to try to read flags: see man page for details; typically use 0 srcaddr: IP address and port number of sending socket (returned from call) addrlen: length of address structure = pointer to int set to sizeof (struct sockaddr_in)



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TCP and UDP Ports

Allocated and assigned by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority

see RFC 1700 or


1-512 513-1023 1024-49151 49152-65535

standard services (see /etc/services)  super-user only

registered and controlled, also used for identity verification  super-user only
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registered services/ephemeral ports private/ephemeral ports



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UUCP is an abbreviation for Unix-to-Unix Copy Program. The term generally refers to a suite of computer programs and protocols allowing remote execution of commands and transfer of files, email and netnews between computers. Specifically, uucp is one of the programs in the suite; it provides a user interface for requesting file copy operations. The UUCP suite also includes uux (user interface for remote command execution), uucico (communication program), uustat (reports statistics on recent activity), uuxqt (execute commands sent from remote machines), and uuname (reports the uucp name of the local system).

UUCP – At a Glance

UUCP can use several different types of physical connections and link-layer protocols, but was most commonly used over dial-up connections. Before the widespread availability of Internet connectivity, computers were only connected by smaller private networks within a company or organization. They were also often equipped with modems so they could be used remotely from charactermode terminals via dial-up lines.

Inside UUCP
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UUCP uses the computers' modems to dial out to other computers, establishing temporary, point-to-point links between them. Each system in a UUCP network has a list of neighbor systems, with phone numbers, login names and passwords, and so on. When work (file transfer or command execution requests) is queued for a neighbor system, the uucico program typically calls that system to process the work. The uucico program can also poll its neighbors periodically to check for work queued on their side; this permits neighbors without dial-out capability to participate.

Distributed File Systems
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A distributed file system may have some or all of the following properties. Network Transparency : access remote files using the same operations that apply to local files. Location Transparency : The name of the file should not reveal its location in the network. Location Independence : The name of the file should not change when its physical location changes. User Mobility : Users should be able to access shared files from any node in the network. Fault Tolerance Scalability File Mobility : Move files among the nodes in a running system.

Design Issues

Name Space : Some systems provide a uniform name space to allow the users to specify the same pathname. Some other systems mount the remote files system. Stateful or Stateless : The client operations between requests is tracked by the stateful server. They are faster as they have the track record of previous operations. They are complex. Semantics of Sharing : UNIX semantics require that changes made by one client must be visible to all the other clients when a next read or write is issued. Remote Access Methods : In stateless systems the server is passive and the client does all the required actions. This is not so in stateful servers.

Network File System (NFS)

This is stateless distributed file system introduced by Sun Microsystems. The client uses Remote Procedure Calls to communicate with the Server. A ‘virtual node’ is created when the remote file system is mounted onto the local file system. A set of pre-defined operations built on RPC are defined.

Remote File Sharing (RFS)

AT&T introduced this Stateful distributed file system in SVR3 UNIX. It is based on ‘virtual circuit’ connection between the client-server pairs. A centralized ‘Name Server’ maps the symbolic resource names to their network location.

UNIX Process Model

Limitations of UNIX Process Model

The independence of parent and child, while providing memory protection and therefore stability, causes problems when you want to have multiple processes working on the same task/problem.
The cost of switching between multiple processes is relatively high. There are often severe limits on the number of processes the scheduler can handle efficiently. Synchronization variables, shared between multiple processes, are typically slow.

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Threads or Light Weight Processes(LWP) can be very useful. Threads share a common address space, and are often scheduled internally in a process, thereby avoiding a lot of the inefficiencies of multiple processes. One very popular API for threading an application is pthreads, also known as POSIX threads, P1003.1c, or ISO/IEC 9945-1:1990c.

LAN Concepts and Components
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is the most foundational Aspect of Networking.

OSI Protocol Stack
7 Application









Network Transmission


Data Link



OSI Protocol Stack (cont.)
 Layers

1-4: transmission - how data moves through the network.  Layers 5-7: understanding - how data appears to applications and users

OSI Protocol Stack (cont.)

Explanation of the layers:
Physical: Physical cable, electrical signalling, cable length specifications, connector size.  Data link: Error free (not reliable) media access for datagrams  Network: Provides path (route) through the network for data  Transport: Reliable (usually) flow of datagrams between two nodes  Session: Synchronises dialogue between two programs

OSI Protocol Stack (cont.)
 Explanation


 Presentation:

Converts data between formats used by two programs  Application: Obvious (hopefully)

Internet Protocols and Services
7 Application Berkeley/ARPA NFS















ARP 802.2


Data Link

Ethernet 802.3



10 base T/2/5

Optical fibre

Transmission Attributes

Measure of channel throughput  Baseband: one channel (most LAN technologies)  Broadband: multiple channels (cable TV)

Electrical interference
Noise produced by other electrical devices and cables  Shielding used to reduce

Signal decay over the length of the cable  Reduced by amplifiers (analog), repeaters (digital)

Access Methods

CSMA/CD (ethernet)
Carrier sense, multiple access, collision detection  Nodes must wait to transmit, and back off if there is a collision  Performs poorly under high load conditions

Token passing (token ring)
A token is passed around from node to node - only the node with the token can transmit  If a node has nothing to send, it passes the token to the next node  Performs well under high load  Provides guaranteed access to every node

IEEE Standards

IEEE defined LAN standards
Similar to OSI stack  Split data link layer into two levels:

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Logical link control (LLC) Media access control (MAC)

802.2: LLC  802.3: CSMA/CD  802.4: Token passing (bus topology)  802.5: Token passing (ring topology)

Media Types

Coaxial (10 base 2): “BNC”, “Thin Ethernet”
Central conductor surrounded by a metal shield and insulators  Bus topology  Pros:

No powered components Breaking one cable breaks whole network


Length: 180 m total  Not common any more

Media Types (cont.)

Twisted pair (10 base T, 100 base T): “UTP”
Pairs of wires (2 or 4 pairs), twisted together  Star topology  Pros:

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Each node has a separate connection, thus easy to “plug and play” Failure of one cable only affects attached node Hubs can provide management information Requires a hub, thus more expensive than coaxial Failure of hub affects all attached nodes

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Most commonly used cable in the industry  Length: 90 m per cable run, maximum of 4 hops

Media Types (cont.)

Optical fibre
Glass fibres transmit light pulses  Point-to-point connection  Pros:

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Immune to electrical interference High bandwidth Installation and maintenance difficult Equipment often expensive

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Used for some inter-network connections and highbandwidth disk connectivity

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signals from a LAN card to specific cable types  Several types used;
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base T  10 base 2  100 base T  Gigabit

7 Application


Presentation Gateway





Transport Relay




L3 Switch


Data Link







 “Gateway”:

Generic term for something that passes data at any level of the OSI stack, but generally used for level 4 or higher.  For the lower levels, more specific terms are normally used.

Physical Gateways
 Repeater:

Re-generates signal  Allows extension of network beyond standard cable length limits  Hub: Multi-port repeater

Data Link Gateways
 Bridge:

Uses link-level address to determine passing of packets  Will only transmit frames if the destination address belongs to a node on the other side (learn this automatically)  Switch: Multi-port bridge
 Switches

turn CSMA/CD into point to point, enabling it to scale much more effectively

Network Gateways
 Router:

Transmits packets based on IP addresses  Unix systems can be routers by turning on packet forwarding  Not recommended: Let routers do routing, and Unix boxes do Unix applications

IP Family Protocols

TCP: Transmission Control Protocol
Layer 4 connection-oriented (stream) protocol  Guarantees delivery order and reliability of packets

UDP: User Datagram Protocol
Layer 4 connectionless (datagram) protocol  Packets could be lost, duplicated, or out of sequence

IP(v4): Internet Protocol  ICMP: Internet Control Message Protocol  ARP: Address Resolution Protocol  Unix file: /etc/protocols

7 Application




Session Host Name








Data Link




Link Level Addresses

Also called:

Ethernet address, MAC address, station address, hardware address

48-bits  Top 24 bits: vendor id  Bottom 24 bits: node id  Looks like this:

000502879BD1, 08:00:09:C8:2D:F0 lanscan (HP-UX), ifconfig (Solaris, Linux)

Unix commands:

IP Addresses

Address notation
32 bit number  Expressed in “dotted-quad” notation, e.g.

Address classes
Allocate addresses efficiently to different sized organisations  Use high-order bits of address to determine class

Class A
For large organisations  24 bits for host addresses  High order bit: 0  Network numbers: 1 - 126 (0x00 - 0x7F)

IP Addresses (cont.)

Class B
For medium-sized organisations  16 bits for host addresses  High order bits: 10  Network numbers: 128 - 191 (0x80 - 0xBF)

Class C
For small organisations  8 bits for host addresses  High order bits: 110  Network numbers: 192 - 223 (0xC0 - 0xDF)

IP Addresses (cont.)

Class D (Multicast)
Special purpose, datagram only  Mainly targeted at multimedia broadcasts  High order bits: 1110  Network numbers: 224 - 239 (0xE0 - 0xEF)


240-255: Reserved (undefined?)

Private networks (RFC 1918):  -  -  NAT is used to connect private networks to the Internet

IP Addresses (cont.)

Site notes:
Class B: most nodes  Class A private: (some routers)  Class C private: 192.168.x.x (clusters, private backup LANs)  Class D: 224.0.x.x (NTP, OSPF, RIP, others?)

Unix commands:
ifconfig: interfaces  netstat -in: interfaces  netstat -gn: multicast  netstat -rn: routing

Subnets are a way of breaking up a larger network into smaller chunks  Your subnet is the group of hosts you can talk to without going through a router  Subnets can vary in length, up to the size of the network  The main reason to use different sizes of subnets is to use address space efficiently, and optimise performance of hosts and routers

Special IP Addresses
 Network:

the address on each subnet where the host address is all zeros  Broadcast: the address on each subnet where the host address is all ones. All hosts on the local subnet should respond to this address  Loopback: Only the local host will ever respond to this.

Subnet Masks
Subnet masks are how subnet lengths are specified  They consist of a bit mask, with the number of 1 bits indicating the number of bits used for the network portion of the IP address.  32 bit number, specified as dotted quad, e.g.:  

Can also be specified after IP address as a number of bits, e.g.:

Subnet Masks (cont.)

Given any IP address and subnet mask, you can work out which subnet it’s in by ANDing the subnet mask with the IP address:
IP  mask  AND = 0x0A141E51 = 0xFFFFFFC0 = 0x0A141E40

To find out the broadcast address, invert the subnet mask and OR them:
network =  ~mask  OR =

0x0A141E51 = 0x0000003F 0x0A141E7F

Subnet Masks (cont.)
In the above example, everything between and is a useable node address on this subnet  Common conventions:

1:  Low addresses are communications equipment  High addresses are servers 2:  Low addresses are servers  Middle addresses are workstations  High addresses are communications equipment

IP Addresses: Warnings
The same IP address may not be assigned to different hosts (under normal circumstances)  A node can have more than one interface card  An interface card can have more than one IP address. This is not supported by HP until HPUX 11.x; Solaris (and others?) are no problem  HP-UX, Solaris (and others?) cannot have more than one interface card on the same LAN without problems

TCP/UDP Addresses
Port number  16 bits  Separate TCP and UDP address spaces  Unix files:

/etc/services - all known port assignments  /etc/inetd.conf - active port assignments (mostly)


netstat -an - shows all active ports

Host Naming

Unix host name
hostname  uname -n

Network naming systems:

 

Flat name space Does more than just hosts: users, groups, protocols, home directories, etc. hierarchical Internet standard Does mainly hostnames and email routing

  

NIS+: combines features of NIS and DNS, adding secure authentication

2. Configuring Unix Networking
This section will be a bit more practical, but shorter  We’ll cover:

LAN cards  IP addresses  Routes  Hosts  Troubleshooting

Some details are applicable to HP-UX only

LAN Cards
 General

hardware information: ioscan -u  Specific LAN card information: lanscan  Detailed LAN card information: lanadmin  Software: swlist -l product | grep Networking

IP Addresses and Routes
 General

information: netstat -in  Multicast: netstat -gn  Per-LAN card information: ifconfig <lan>  Routing tables: netstat -rn, route  Routing daemons: gated, rdpd  Startup files: /etc/rc.config.d/{netconf,netdaemons}

Host Names

Looking up hosts
Local: /etc/hosts  NIS: ypcat hosts  DNS: nslookup host (on HP-UX, this does local and NIS also)

Configuring hostname resolution
Resolution order: /etc/nsswitch.conf  NIS, DNS: /etc/rc.config.d/namesvrs  DNS: /etc/resolv.conf

Troubleshooting Commands
 ping  traceroute  arp  netstat  linkloop  lanadmin

3. Configuring Internet Services
 In

this section:

 Internet

services overview  Configuration and startup  Checking connections

Internet Services
C a p a b ility G e n e r a l ( m o s t l y A RB e r ) e l e y ( B S D ) PAk L o g in T e ln e t r lo g in F ile tr a n s fe r FTP , TFTP rc p C o m m a n d e x e c u tio n re x e c , re m sh (rsh ) E m a il s e n d m a il N e tw o r k in fo r m a tio n r w h o , r u p tim e , fin g e r D y n a m ic r o u tin g g a te d r o u te d N a m e s e r vic e s B IN D , N IS T im e s y n c h r o n iz a N TnP tio tim e d D y n a m ic c o n fig u rB tioO T P , D H C P aO n S y s te m lo g g in g s y s lo g d P r in tin g lp d

Clients and Servers
D a e m o n ( / u s r / sSbeir v) e r ( / u s r / l b iln e n t ( / u s r / b i n )e r v i c e n C i) S in e t d t e ln e t d , r lo g in dt e ln e t , r lo g in L o g in ftp d , tftp d ftp , tftp F ile t r a n s f e r re m s h d rc p F ile t r a n s f e r r e x e c d , r e m s h d e x e c , r e m s h ( r s h o m m a n d e x e c u t io n r C ) s e n d m a il m a il E m a il r w h o d , f in g e r d r w h o , r u p t im e , Nin gw r r k in f o r m a t io n f et e o b o o tp d b o o tp d b o o tp q u e ry D y n a m ic c o n f ig u r a t io n g a te d , rd p d D y n a m ic r o u t in g n am ed n s lo o k u p N a m e s e r v ic e s x n tp d n t p q , n t p d a t e T im e s y n c h r o n iz a t io n s y s lo g d s y s lo g d , lo g g e r S y s t e m lo g g in g r lp d a e m o n lp ( r lp ) P r in t in g

How inetd Works
Listens on ports, waiting for connections  When connection arrives, UNIX checks against security file /var/adm/inetd.sec to allow or deny access

Linux uses tcpd for the same purpose: /etc/hosts.{allow,deny}

Sets up socket connection  Invokes server process and transfers control to it  Returns to listening

inetd Configuration Files
 /etc/services:

Well-known ports  /etc/inetd.conf: Active inetd services  /var/adm/inetd.sec: Access control for inetd  /etc/rc.config.d/netdaemons: Command line parameters for inetd startup

Service Startup
Service Startup Script /sbin/init.d Dynamic routing gated Internet daemon inetd DNS named General networking net Tracing and logging nettl NFS nfs.client NFS nfs.core NFS nfs.server NIS nis.client NIS nis.server Network informationrwhod Email sendmail System logging syslogd NTP xntp Startup Configuration /etc/rc.config.d netconf netdaemons namesvrs netconf nettl nfsconf nfsconf nfsconf namesvrs namesvrs netdaemons mailservs netdaemons

Checking Connections
 netstat  netstat


Remote Login

rlogin configuration files:

  

System-wide Permissions 444 root ignores it Per-user Permissions 600 Can override hosts.equiv Can be overridden with rlogind -l

   

 /etc/ftpusers
 Lists

users not allowed to login via ftpd  All users without passwords are also not allowed to login
 $HOME/.netrc
 Specifies

hosts, usernames, and passwords for ftp & rexec  Don’t use it!

Anonymous FTP
Uses ftp user home directory  Does a chroot() to ~ftp so that user is “sandboxed”  Needs certain directories & files to work:

~ftp/usr/bin/ls, mode 111  ~ftp/etc/{passwd,group,logingroup}, mode 444

Other directories:
~ftp/dist: outgoing files (elsewhere ~ftp/pub)  ~ftp/pub: incoming files (elsewhere ~ftp/incoming)

ftpd -l logs information to syslog

Other Protocols and Services
 See

the separate handout for:

 Router

Discovery Protocol (RDP)  Network Time Protocol (NTP)  Network Information Service (NIS)  Network File System (NFS)

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