Chapter 20. Configuring chrony for security

The default configuration file for chronyd is /etc/chrony.conf. The -f option can be used to specify an alternate configuration file path. See the chrony.conf(5) man page for further options. For a complete list of the directives that can be used see The chronyd configuration file.

chronyc can access chronyd in two ways:

  • Internet Protocol, IPv4 or IPv6.
  • Unix domain socket, which is accessible locally by the root or chrony user.

By default, chronyc connects to the Unix domain socket. The default path is /var/run/chrony/chronyd.sock. If this connection fails, which can happen for example when chronyc is running under a non-root user, chronyc tries to connect to and then ::1.

Only the following monitoring commands, which do not affect the behavior of chronyd, are allowed from the network:

  • activity
  • manual list
  • rtcdata
  • smoothing
  • sources
  • sourcestats
  • tracking
  • waitsync

The set of hosts from which chronyd accepts these commands can be configured with the cmdallow directive in the configuration file of chronyd, or the cmdallow command in chronyc. By default, the commands are accepted only from localhost ( or ::1).

All other commands are allowed only through the Unix domain socket. When sent over the network, chronyd responds with a Not authorised error, even if it is from localhost.

The following procedure describes how to access chronyd remotely with chronyc.


  1. Allow access from both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses by adding the following to the /etc/chrony.conf file:



    bindcmdaddress ::
  2. Allow commands from the remote IP address, network, or subnet by using the cmdallow directive.

    Add the following content to the /etc/chrony.conf file:

  3. Open port 323 in the firewall to connect from a remote system.

    #  firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=323/udp

    If you want to open port 323 permanently, use the --permanent.

    #  firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=323/udp

Additional resources

  • chrony.conf(5) man page