Need to bind Logstash/Filebeat to a port below 1000? Try iptables REDIRECT.

October 28, 2020

When using Logstash or Filebeat, sometimes we need to listen to a priviledged port (lower than 1000), for instance when listening to syslog in port 514 and we can’t change the source port for whatever reason.

One solution is to run Logstash or Filebeat as root, but there is a much safer trick: redirect the priviledged port to a higher port.

sudo iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i ens192 -p udp --dport 514 -j REDIRECT --to-port 5514
sudo iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i ens192 -p tcp --dport 514 -j REDIRECT --to-port 5514
sudo iptables-save

The above iptables rules redirect the port 514 on the interface ens192 to the port 5514, for both UDP and TCP protocols.

You can view the rules with:

iptables -t nat -L -n -v