I have a machine running MySQL (Windows), on a private network (let's say, behind a masquerading gateway. No port forwarding to is possible.

I also have a server with a public ip (a.b.c.d) which I need to connect to

I can easily achieve this by using ssh's remote port forward feature; however, I was wondering if it's possible to achieve the same thing using stunnel. I need to connect to a.b.c.d and tell a.b.c.d to open a port which will be forwarded back through stunnel to

Is this scenario possible?


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Install stunnel on the server that is supposed to do the forvarding and include this in your config when you get it running:

[mysql] accept=gateway's.public.ip.here:3306 connect=

Didn't test it, but that's what it should look like.

Stunnel.org has lots of examples. I like this site the most.


Looking at your image - what I wrote here is supposed to work on the machine you called Gateway. Calling a.b.c.d from should be possible without anything done.

You can also configure Gateway to be a proxy.

Regardless what You use - everything will require you to work with the Gateway.

  • Thanks for the link. Somehow I don't think your ideea will work; check out the image I added, I hope it'll make things more clear. I'm gonna start digging through Stunnel's FAQ. I was trying to avoid that since I have zero experience with it and little time.
    – Unknown
    Nov 10, 2010 at 15:38
  • Yes I know, but I don't have any control over the Gateway machine, unfortunately :( ssh can do exactly this thing I described. (-R option)
    – Unknown
    Nov 11, 2010 at 7:37
  • so maybe use [on linux] screen to start an ssh -D (or even monit) and keep it going. If oyu don't know how - post another question [ssh -D as a service] and link to it in here.
    – naugtur
    Nov 12, 2010 at 8:19

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