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What is at fedora project on UNC, North Carolina?

asked 2017-04-17 18:30:25 -0500

My Bro security system that I run on my fedora 25 work station reports connected to port 80(http). Note this connection is reported even though I am not running a web browser at the time. What is going on? This IP address is at UNC in the Fedora Project.

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Thank you - I tried connection to with http and received the following error message, "The owner of has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website." Also at fedora project on UNC stays connected as well.

rothauserch gravatar imagerothauserch ( 2017-04-18 07:49:31 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-04-17 19:20:00 -0500

sideburns gravatar image

Welcome to ask.fedora! Please note that as a new user, all of your posts are moderated, meaning that they won't show up until a moderator approves it; that means that if you repeat your post because it didn't show up, all that happens is that a moderator will reject the duplicate. (One of the forum rules is, "One question per issue," but there's no punishment involved.)

As for your question, nslookup reveals that the machine's canonical name is and whois shows that it's owned by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My guess is that it's the home to a mirror of one of the Fedora repositories, but I can't tell you why it's connecting to your computer over Port 80. Is the connection sending data, receiving it or both?

It's quite possible that this is being caused by some sort of package management systems looking for updates, but I'm not sure, right now, as to how to find out for sure.

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answered 2017-04-18 10:19:31 -0500

florian gravatar image

This is a Fedora mirror and either

  1. dnf is connecting to it in the background to refresh package information, or
  2. Gnome Software (packagekit) is connecting to it in the background to refresh package information, or
  3. all of the above

More information:

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Thank you for that information - http is a strange service for DNF to use though

rothauserch gravatar imagerothauserch ( 2017-04-19 07:07:41 -0500 )edit

Offtopic, but why do you think DNF using http is strange?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-04-19 11:36:09 -0500 )edit

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