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PermissionError when Pingtop is executed without sudo

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Hi, Beautiful and useful tool! However I am having a similar problem to #5, but it is already fixed and seems a bit different to this one I am reporting.

I installed it with pip install pingtop. Then I ping with pingtop but it doesn’t work, I get this error:

ERROR:root:[Errno13]: Permiso denegado
PermissionError: [Errno13]  Permiso denegado

I can’t copy the error, so I am going to attach a screenshot.


I achieve to run it thanks to the comment of @laixintao in the mentioned issue, I mean making a which pingtop to get the path in which it is installed and then using sudo PATH

Is there some reason to run it as super user? Or, could it be fixed?


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  • State:closed
  • Created 4 years ago
  • Reactions:1
  • Comments:9 (9 by maintainers)

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laixintaocommented, Apr 28, 2019

Hi @ivanhercaz , we use ICMP socket to send ICMP packet without root.

However, there is a option control who can use this feature.

cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ping_group_range

1	0

This means group number from 1 to 0 can use this feature, which means nobody can use this, so you get a Permission denied .

[vagrant@centos7 pingtop]$ python
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 281, in <module>
    print(do_one("", 1, 64))
  File "", line 204, in do_one
    my_socket = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_DGRAM, icmp)
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/", line 187, in __init__
    _sock = _realsocket(family, type, proto)
socket.error: [Errno 13] Permission denied


Change this variable to a proper range include your group id, like this:

[vagrant@centos7 pingtop]$ id
uid=1000(vagrant) gid=1000(vagrant) groups=1000(vagrant) context=unconfined_u:unconfined_r:unconfined_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023

[vagrant@centos7 pingtop]$ sudo sysctl -w net.ipv4.ping_group_range='0 1001'
net.ipv4.ping_group_range = 0 1001

Then you can use this without sudo.

gzxultracommented, Apr 26, 2019

Apologize for the delay, I just realize my PR only granted non-root support for OS X, Linux is a bit tricky. One way to work around here is, like @laixintao indicated, set the ping_group_range. Also, there’s a bug in receive_one_ping func, will submit a PR to fix this.

root@host:~# sysctl -w net.ipv4.ping_group_range="<min-uid> <max-uid>"

For example, if your uid is 1234,

root@host:~# sysctl -w net.ipv4.ping_group_range="0 1234"

Not sure if it is the best practice here.

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