Posts Tagged ‘cygwin’
After half day’s work, my dad and I successfully revived a 7-year-old Toshiba Satellite 3000 S353 laptop, and he happily confiscated it as his travelling laptop. However, in considering that most online banks in China still require some IE activeX controls, he insisted that I replace the ArchLinux in it with WinXP, and since he has grown accustomed to the ssh tunnelling between his desktop and mine for him to browse all those news sites blocked by the GFW, he asked if I can do the same thing on the new windows.
So here’s the thing. We’ll need a cygwin environment, in particular its openssh, psmisc, run and any POSIX compliant shell (e.g., ash). Suppose the cygwin environment is installed in d:\cygwin, create ssh-proxy.bat batch script as follows:
REM ssh-proxy.bat REM this will create a socks5 proxy at localhost:9999 REM @echo off d: cd cygwin\bin REM give remote server two sec to close an already-open connection killall ssh && sleep 2 REM use explicit invocation: REM run /bin/ssh -Nf -D9999 firstname.lastname@example.org REM or a `tunnel' profile in ~/.ssh/config: run /bin/ssh -Nf tunnel
and if you opt to use the ssh profile `tunnel’, put the following in ~/.ssh/config (windows absolute path d:\cygwin\home\USER\.ssh\config):
# ~/.ssh/config Host tunnel HostName your.ssh.server User user_name Compression yes DynamicForward 9999 # use pub-key auth for password-less connection. cf. SSH_CONFIG(5) #IdentityFile ~/.ssh/some_private_id_file
Now for each internet session, just run ssh-proxy.bat once when you need the proxy. The run command used in the batch script prevents the ssh command from creating a console window. It’s almost transparent for web browsing if you combine it with foxyproxy and Firefox.
As an afterthought, I probably could have done it with putty and AHK, suppose AHK can hide the putty window, but that’d take me sometime to learn the AHK syntax.