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Isochronous Round-Trip Time Server
irtt server [args]
irtt server is the server for irtt(1).
- -b addresses
Bind addresses (default “:2112”), comma separated list of:
Format Address Type :port unspecified address with port, use with care host host with default port 2112, see Host formats below host:port host with specified port, see Host formats below %iface all addresses on interface iface with default port 2112 %iface:port all addresses on interface iface with port
Note: iface strings may contain * to match multiple interfaces
- -d duration
Max test duration, or 0 for no maximum (default 0s, see Duration units below)
- -i interval
Min send interval, or 0 for no minimum (default 10ms, see Duration units below)
- -l length
Max packet length (default 0), or 0 for no maximum. Numbers less than size of required headers will cause test packets to be dropped.
Add HMAC with key (0x for hex) to all packets, provides:
- Dropping of all packets without a correct HMAC
- Protection for server against unauthorized discovery and use
Log events to syslog (default don’t use syslog). URI format: protocol://host:port/tag. Examples:
URI Result local: Log to local syslog, default tag irtt local:/irttsrv Log to local syslog, tag irttsrv udp://logsrv:514/irttsrv UDP to logsrv:514, tag irttsrv tcp://logsrv:8514/ TCP to logsrv:8514, default tag irtt
Note: not available on Windows, Plan 9 or Google Native Client
Timeout for closing connections if no requests received on a connection (default 1m0s, see Duration units below). 0 means no timeout (not recommended, especially on public servers). Max client interval will be restricted to timeout/4.
Packet burst allowed before enforcing minimum interval (default 5)
Payload fill if not requested (default pattern:69727474). Possible values include:
Value Fill none Echo client payload (insecure on public servers) rand Use random bytes from Go’s math.rand pattern:XX Use repeating pattern of hex (default 69727474)
Comma separated patterns of fill requests to allow (default rand). See options for –fill. Notes:
- Patterns may contain * for matching
- Allowing non-random fills insecure on public servers
- Use --allow-fills="" to disallow all fill requests
Timestamp modes to allow (default dual). Possible values:
Value Allowed Timestamps none Don’t allow any timestamps single Allow a single timestamp (send, receive or midpoint) dual Allow dual timestamps
Don’t allow setting dscp (default false)
Set source IP address on all outgoing packets from listeners on unspecified IP addresses (use for more reliable reply routing, but increases per-packet heap allocations)
Lock request handling goroutines to OS threads
Hosts may be either hostnames (for IPv4 or IPv6) or IP addresses. IPv6 addresses must be surrounded by brackets and may include a zone after the % character. Examples:
Note: IPv6 addresses must be quoted in most shells.
Durations are a sequence of decimal numbers, each with optional fraction, and unit suffix, such as: “300ms”, “1m30s” or “2.5m”. Sanity not enforced.
Running an IRTT server that’s open to the outside world requires some additional attention. For starters, the command line flags should be used to, at a minimum:
- Restrict the duration (-d), interval (-i) and length (-l) of tests, particularly for public servers
- Set an HMAC key (--hmac) for private servers to prevent unauthorized discovery and use
In addition, there are various systemd(1) options available for securing services. The irtt.service file included with the distribution sets some commonly used options, but should not be considered exhaustive.
To secure a server for public use, additional steps may be taken that are outside of the scope of this documentation, including but not limited to:
- Installing irtt in an unprivileged container
- Setting up an iptables firewall (only UDP port 2112 must be open)
- Setting up a chroot jail
It should be noted that there are no known security vulnerabilities in the Go language at this time, and the steps above, in particular the chroot jail, may or may not serve to enhance security in any way. Go-based servers are generally regarded as safe because of Go’s high-level language constructs for memory management, and at this time IRTT makes no use of Go’s unsafe (https://golang.org/pkg/unsafe/) package.
irtt server exits with one of the following status codes:
|2||Command line error|
|3||Two interrupt signals received|
- $ irtt server
Starts the server and listens on all addresses (unspecified address)
- $ irtt server -d 30s -i 20ms -l 256 --fill=rand --allow-fills=""
Starts the server and listens on all addresses, setting the maximum test duration to 30 seconds, minimum interval to 20 ms, and maximum packet length to 256 bytes. Disallows fill requests and forces all return packets to be filled with random data.
- $ irtt server -b 192.168.100.11:64381 --hmac=secret
Starts the server and binds to IPv4 address 192.168.100.11, port 64381. Requires a valid HMAC on all packets with the key secret, otherwise packets are dropped.
IRTT GitHub repository (https://github.com/heistp/irtt/)