How to Identify main traffic sources in Linux

Use this command to get rid of All the hosts using web server.

#netstat -natp | grep :80 | awk ‘{print $5}’ | cut -d: -f1 | sort | uniq -c | sort -n | tail

You can use this command on any other port that you want to search.
Let us break this command and explain the things to make it more understandable.

First of all – how many connections are there to the web server:

#netstat -natp | grep :80 | wc -l

In this case, the flags being used state the following:
-n” Numerical representation of the hosts rather than attempt to resolve to addresses
-a” All traffic (listening and non-listening sockets)
-t” TCP traffic only (UDP is a whole other ballgame)
-p” The PID of the process using the port – Just a course of habit for me – since I usually want to know
who is listening and taking up a port.
grep :80
Since this example deals with a web server, so we take port 80.
wc -l  # Count total number of lines.

A typical output for netstat -natp | grep :80 ::
tcp        0      0          TIME_WAIT   –                  
tcp        0      0          TIME_WAIT   –                  
tcp        0      0          TIME_WAIT   –                  
tcp        0   2885        ESTABLISHED 10439/nginx: worker
tcp        0      0          TIME_WAIT   –                  
tcp        0      0          TIME_WAIT   –                  
tcp        0      0             TIME_WAIT   –

Next in Command we have make the use of  “awk, sort, cut and uniq”  to get a
nice representation of the top port 80 tcp offenders.

awk ‘{print $5}’
Will give us the fifth column:

awk -F “:” ‘{print $1}’
cut -d: -f1

These two will basically do the same thing: in awk, the “-F” flag states the field delimiter (in this case the colon “:”) and print the first column.
With cut, the “-d” flag states the delimiter (in this case the colon), and “-f1” tells it to use the first field.
Now we finally have a simple clean list of lots of IPs.
All that is left is to sort them, count how many unique IPs there are and sort the output of that test.

sort | uniq -c | sort -n

First we must sort, otherwise uniq doesn’t work.
-c” tells uniq to count the occurrences of each unique object.
In sort, “-n” tells it to do a proper numerical sorting rather than alphabetical, otherwise “10″ will come before “2″.


About Manish Jha

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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