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Thread: Why is my netbook connecting to an amazon cloud server?

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    Exclamation Why is my netbook connecting to an amazon cloud server?

    I just noticed that my netbook has a whole load of outgoing connections to ecs.amazonaws.co.uk... why? I'm only running thunderbird and screen with a couple of SSH sessions. I don't recall ever being asked if I wanted anything to do with amazons cloud. As far as I can tell from running a few checks with lsof and ps it's something to do with gvfs. What the hell is going on? How can I disable it?

    Thanks in advance,
    Slackthumbz
    Last edited by slackthumbz; May 8th, 2009 at 12:38 PM.

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    Re: Why is my netbook connecting to an amazon cloud server?

    firefox/thunderbird plugins, the website stuff, update manager?

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    Re: Why is my netbook connecting to an amazon cloud server?

    As far as I'm aware none of those services require amazons cloud. I just kill -9'd all gvfs processes to stop it and I can see in conky that those connections have stopped. Specifically it was gvfsd-http that was doing it. I have update manager configured to use a local UK mirror, I didn't have firefox open and I don't have any extra plugins installed for thunderbird.

    I was in the process of copying some sensitive data from my VPS to my laptop via sftp (using nautilus, but this shouldn't have anything to do with gvfsd-http as gvfsd-sftp was also running).

    I find this disturbing, I don't like the idea of my machine connecting to systems that I neither know nor trust.

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    Re: Why is my netbook connecting to an amazon cloud server?

    you must to supply more information about youur supossed issue.
    do a "netstat -putall" to see all ip connections and attached PID's and the name of the process.

    Table should be as:

    :~$ netstat -putall
    (Not all processes could be identified, non-owned process info
    will not be shown, you would have to be root to see it all.)
    Active Internet connections (servers and established)
    Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program name
    tcp 0 0 localhost:7634 *:* LISTEN -
    tcp 0 0 *:ssh *:* LISTEN -
    tcp 0 0 localhost:ipp *:* LISTEN -
    tcp 0 0 Computador.local:41211 a92-122-188-18.depl:www ESTABLISHED 25146/firefox
    tcp 0 0 Computador.local:51690 by2msg3020112.phx.:msnp ESTABLISHED 3921/pidgin
    tcp 0 0 Computador.local:34023 ww-in-f113.google.c:www ESTABLISHED 25146/firefox
    tcp 0 0 Computador.local:37809 a92-122-188-56.depl:www ESTABLISHED 25146/firefox
    tcp 0 0 localhost:7634 localhost:58482 TIME_WAIT -
    tcp 0 0 Computador.local:53698 64.4.9.254:www ESTABLISHED 3921/pidgin
    tcp 0 0 Computador.local:36349 mg-in-f125.mpp-client ESTABLISHED 3921/pidgin
    tcp6 0 0 [::]:ssh [::]:* LISTEN -
    tcp6 0 0 localhost:ipp [::]:* LISTEN -
    udp 0 0 *:37156 *:* -
    udp 0 0 *:bootpc *:* -
    udp 0 0 *:mdns *:* -
    paulo@Computador:~$

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    Re: Why is my netbook connecting to an amazon cloud server?

    Active Internet connections (servers and established)
    Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program name
    tcp 0 0 *:9091 *:* LISTEN -
    tcp 0 0 localhost:10022 *:* LISTEN 20606/ssh
    tcp 0 0 localhost:10023 *:* LISTEN 20606/ssh
    tcp 0 0 localhost:10025 *:* LISTEN 20606/ssh
    tcp 0 0 localhost:10389 *:* LISTEN 20606/ssh
    tcp 0 0 *:51413 *:* LISTEN -
    tcp 0 0 localhost:3128 *:* LISTEN 20606/ssh
    tcp 0 0 guest096.wtgc.org:46544 holmes.freenode.ne:ircd ESTABLISHED 3780/irssi
    tcp 0 0 guest096.wtgc.org:60242 ecs.amazonaws.co.uk:www ESTABLISHED 2119/gvfsd-http
    tcp 1 0 guest096.wtgc.org:41568 ecs.amazonaws.co.uk:www CLOSE_WAIT 2119/gvfsd-http
    tcp 0 0 guest096.wtgc.org:34566 ssh.sanger.ac.uk:ssh ESTABLISHED 20606/ssh
    tcp 1 0 guest096.wtgc.org:50687 199.93.57.125:www CLOSE_WAIT 2119/gvfsd-http
    tcp 1 0 guest096.wtgc.org:44546 199.93.57.125:www CLOSE_WAIT 2119/gvfsd-http
    tcp 1 0 guest096.wtgc.org:35849 s146633511.websiteh:www CLOSE_WAIT 2119/gvfsd-http
    tcp 0 0 guest096.wtgc.org:60241 ecs.amazonaws.co.uk:www ESTABLISHED 2119/gvfsd-http
    tcp 0 0 guest096.wtgc.org:60240 ecs.amazonaws.co.uk:www ESTABLISHED 2119/gvfsd-http
    tcp6 0 0 localhost:10022 [::]:* LISTEN 20606/ssh
    tcp6 0 0 localhost:10023 [::]:* LISTEN 20606/ssh
    tcp6 0 0 localhost:10025 [::]:* LISTEN 20606/ssh
    tcp6 0 0 localhost:10389 [::]:* LISTEN 20606/ssh
    tcp6 0 0 [::]:51413 [::]:* LISTEN -
    tcp6 0 0 localhost:3128 [::]:* LISTEN 20606/ssh
    udp 0 0 *:46742 *:* -
    udp 0 0 *:bootpc *:* -
    udp 0 0 *:mdns *:* -

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    Re: Why is my netbook connecting to an amazon cloud server?

    Do you use Rhythmbox at all?

    There is a bug in gvfsd-http that causes it to leave old connections in CLOSE_WAIT instead of properly terminating. If you use Rhythmbox, it makes connections to amazon servers (I'm guessing for album art etc.). The connections it makes are through gvfsd-http and will remain in CLOSE_WAIT for ever, until either too many connections build up or the daemon is terminated.

    So because of this bug, if its gvfs thats made the connections, they might have been initiated quite a while ago, especially if you don't log out very often.

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