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date: 2007-02-13 21:53:26+00:00

Tunneling UDP through SSH

categories: - Howto - Linux - Security - SSH

Say you need to forward UDP packets between two remote networks securely. E.g : dns queries from your home machine to your dns servers at work. You should use a VPN between the networks in order to do so (see :

Otherwise, you can use the following way :

1. Connect to the remote server and set up TCP forward client$ ssh -L 22222:

Any request sent to your local tcp/22222 port will be tunneled securely to tcp/22222 on the remote server.

We will then use netcat to forward the TCP queries to the UDP server..

2. TCP to UDP forward with netcat on the server server$ mkfifo /tmp/fifo server$ iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 22222 -j ACCEPT server$ nc -l -p 22222 /tmp/fifo

3. UDP to TCP forward with netcat on the client client$ mkfifo /tmp/fifo client$ sudo nc -l -u -p 53 /tmp/fifo

Use sudo if you are not root, you need root access for binding services to ports under 1024.

4. Query nslookup

Schema :

client --> request to udp/53 --> netcat forwarding from udp/53 to tcp/22222 --> tcp/22222 request tunneled through SSH --> server receives requests on tcp/22222 --> netcat forwarding from tcp/22222 to the specified IP address on udp/53 --> server

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