[stunnel-users] Use stunnel through firewall for home Web server?
dcbill at volny.cz
Sat Jan 24 18:19:40 CET 2009
Tom Shaw wrote:
> At 1:58 PM +0100 1/24/09, Bill Eldridge wrote:
>> Tom Shaw wrote:
>>>>>> As an example if I run Apache on my home machine, I'd like it to
>>>>>> start the tunnel when
>>>>>> I turn it on, have it automatically set up stunnel to a Linux box
>>>>>> I have on the public net,
>>>>>> and have anything to port 8090 on the Linux box get passed to my
>>>>>> home machine 8080.
>>>>> Easier to use ssh to port forward in this instance, IMHO. But why?
>>>>> Seems like just port mapping on the NAT router would work just as
>>>>> well and with no different effect on security.
>>>> Because I won't be able to add ssh or access the router in a number
>>>> of cases where I need this,
>>>> but I believe I'll have access to stunnel in many/most cases.
>>>> Necessity is the mother of invention.
>>> Maybe I am all wet but is seems to me that a) if you can put stunnel
>>> at both ends you can put ssh at both ends - saying that you would
>>> have access to stunnel and not ssh doesn't make any sense,
>> If stunnel already exists on the machines and ssh doesn't and I don't
>> have permission to install it, it makes sense.
>>> b) why wouldn't you have access to your own router?
>> If someone else installed it and didn't give me admin permission, for
>> amongst other scenarios.
> Still confused.
> The premise you explained was, "I run Apache on my home machine, I'd
> like it to start the tunnel when I turn it on, have it automatically
> set up stunnel to a Linux box I have on the public net, and have
> anything to port 8090 on the Linux box get passed to my home machine
> In your scenario, you fundamentally want your home machine to accept
> connections from the public internet on port 8090. The simplest way it
> to configure apache to accept connections from port 8090 and allow
> port forwarding through your home router.
> You scenario seems to require connections to be make to your public
> linux machine. I can only imagine why as there are plenty of simpler
> ways of associating a host with and IP or dealing with dynamic dns,
> etc. But OK Its your linux machine and your home machine and you now
> say that your linux distro didn't come with ssh - weird . So why not
> configure your linux apache to provide reverse proxy services for your
> home machine? Or create a VPN between your home machine and your linux
> public machine.
> Your comment that you don't have access to either machine with admin
> privileges (your latest comment above) begs the obvious question as to
> how do you even expect to be able configure Stunnel or apache?
> Sorry that I don't understand the problem you are trying to solve.
Sigh. I think I described a scenario that I want to solve with stunnel.
I realize there are other ways to do this, and can do it, and have done it.
I would like to know if it's possible with stunnel or not, whether I
what stunnel is able to do, whether it needs stunnel with PPP to do what
or whether stunnel can do it alone.
Can I use stunnel to connect from my machine behind a firewall
to an external Web server and use that tunnel to allow port forwarding
Web server to the machine behind the firewall. Not reconfiguring Apache,
not reconfiguring the firewall.
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