ssh reverse tunnel

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Wed Jul 2 19:40:04 UTC 2008

Rick Bilonick wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-07-01 at 14:07 -0400, Bill Davidsen wrote:
>> Rick Bilonick wrote:
>>> I re-installed Fedora 8 and now I can get a reverse ssh tunnel (from
>>> server to home) by typing on the server:
>>>> ssh -R 2022:server.ip:22 home at home.ip
>>> Then when at the home computer, I type:
>>>> ssh -p 2022 server at localhost
>>> This works fine. The only problem is the connection always times out
>>> even though I've changed the sshd_config files on both machines to keep
>>> it alive. I've restarted the sshd daemon also. Not sure why the
>>> connection keeps closing.
>> And the reason this is desirable? You can easily set iptables to accept 
>> ssh packets on 2022 from only your computer, and not run encryption 
>> through encryption. And if you want a real connection, OpenVPN is 
>> probably a better solution.

> And if I had any control over any of this, that would be exactly what I
> would do. But since I don't, this fits the bill.

Just be aware of the laws about unauthorized access to computers, and 
CYA. Something in writing might be nice, in case you ever need proof.

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Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
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