[kwlug-disc] SSH SOCKS proxy without SSH

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Wed Mar 28 12:17:18 EDT 2012

I thought it would be a nice change if I actually asked a question that was
related to Linux on this list. 

SSH is capable of some magic tunnelling that I don't understand, as
documented here: 


The article uses the following magic command: 

ssh -D 8080 -f -C -q -N myuser at myserver.com

Now localhost:8080 will tunnel all traffic through to myserver.com . I
then set up the SOCKS proxy fields in my web browser to enforce the

So, two questions: 

0. What am I looking for if I want to do this without SSH? I am going
to have clients OpenVPN into the network. I understand that I can
force ALL traffic to go through the OpenVPN tunnel, but this is not
actually what I want -- I just want certain traffic proxied.

1. Is there a way to have some websites go through the proxy and some
not? For example, I might want *.cbc.ca to go through the proxy, but
everything else to be local. Again, it would be preferable if this was
not via SSH. 

- Paul


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