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- Join Date
- May 2007
ssh tuneling - pidgin OK, Firefox NO
I connect to internet by a insecure lan that have configure smoothwall, a firewall with proxy capacities that log all web and instant messaging traffic.
I want to have secure web browsing and IM use. For this, I configure a external ssh server (at my home) that is prepared to make ssh tunels for two things:
1.- jumping blocking ports
2.- Don't let to logging my web browsing and IM .
For this, I use this command:
ssh -N -l username -D 443 ip
username = username of my external server at home
ip = ip of my external server at my home
After this, I configure pidgin, each account (msn, gtalk, etc) to use a socks4 proxy, with the server = localhost and port = 443. At this way, pidgin exit by 443 port, where he find a ssh tunel that connect directly to my home, in a ssh encripted way. None any kind of server (except ssh server) need for this at home server. And this works great!
I want to use the same tunnel to web browsing. I go to configure Preferences from firefox, and I configure the connection parameteres. I configure the proxy server, socks4, localhost, and port 443, the same like pidgin, but I can't browsing. There is no response at the firefox screen, none page is load.
Is needed to install any service in my home server like squid? If I have to install squid or something similar, why is the reason that pidgin can connect through the ssh tunnel withou any kind of service?
Can I use the same tunnel / port for the two apps (firefox and pidgin)?
What's the problem here?
- Join Date
- Feb 2006
Late reply, but this can be a good reference for other people.
In order to browse with Firefox through ssh tunneling, I had to tunnel DNS traffic as well: in Firefox's address bar type about:config and look for network.proxy.socks_remote_dns, then set it to true.
Hope it helps.