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I have a scenario, I'm analyzing ssl (decrpyt) traffic to my webserver. I'm investigating server and end-to-end delay issues. In between this I'm stuck at following traffic pattern for which I need some advice/suggestion. The patter shows:-

 client       server
src port 1 -> 80 (syn)
src port 2 -> 80 (syn)
src port 3 -> 80 (syn)
src port 4 -> 80 (syn)

 server        client
src port 80 -> 1  (syn/ack)
src port 80 -> 2  (syn/ack)

client         server
src port 1 -> 80  (ack)
src port 2 -> 80  (ack)

After, complete of handshake I see "http get request" from client. My issues is:-

  1. why are multiple syns send from client to server from different source port
  2. why server choose to reply on NOT all ports mainly the syn/ack is received by first 3 ports.
  3. Multiple acks to different ports?

a sample SYN request just for analysis looks like

"694 47.583499000 TCP 66 0.000173000 50844→80 [SYN] Seq=0 Win=8192 Len=0 MSS=1460 WS=4 SACK_PERM=1"

Please help me understand this behavior.

asked 04 Aug '15, 08:03

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  1. That depends on the implementation of your client.
  2. The server may have only so many processes/threads/workers available to handle connections.
  3. Each SYN from an IP:port is a new (TCP) connection, therefore requires it's own ACK.
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answered 04 Aug '15, 08:33

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This being said,I'm experiencing same behavior from different machines, as for load on server in that case why i'm not seeing timeout or retransmissions etc?

(04 Aug '15, 08:48) lazerz
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