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ONC-RPC portmapper session helper (pmap)

Open Network Computing Remote Procedure Call (ONC-RPC) is a widely deployed remote procedure call system. Also called Sun RPC, ONC-RPC allows a program running on one host to call a program running on another. The transport address of an ONC-RPC service is dynamically negotiated based on the service's program number and version number. Several binding protocols are defined for mapping the RPC program number and version number to a transport address.

To accept ONC-RPC sessions you must add a security policy with service set to any or to the ONC-RPC pre-defined service (which listens on TCP and UDP port number 111). The RPC portmapper session helper (called pmap) handles the dynamic transport address negotiation mechanisms of ONC-RPC.