is there any solution like LogmeIn consisting on a small client to install upon a *nix machine and hence being able to use its shell from the browser bypassing proxies because it all will work on :80? Thanks
My favourite solution to this is Ajaxterm which I run on an https server since port 443 is rarely blocked and the encrypted stream can't be decoded by firewalls.
The client doesn't have to run in a browser to use port 80 or 443. Just add a line with
Port 80 in
/etc/ssh/sshd_config and restart
sshd. This obviously requires root or sudo privileges. Then you can connect to the computer using any SSH client, while specifying port 80 (e.g.
ssh -p 80 firstname.lastname@example.org).
This solution makes
sshd listen on port 80. It will not work if the server runs a web server, of course.
If you rather want port 443, change the port number, or add another line with
Try this solution "MindTerm". I used an early release years ago and it worked pretty well. I configured Apache to use http based authorization when accessing a special url, e.g. "/myshell/" for further protection.
If your system can connect to the outside using SSH, and you have some other system that's always online, you can create a reverse SSH tunnel.
I highly recommend using autossh for this purpose (after setting up public key authentication), eg.
autossh -M 12345 -f -R 2200:localhost:22 email@example.com
will set up a tunnel where connecting to the remote system's port 2200 will forward to your NAT machine's port 22
ShellInABox implements a web-based console that can be used for logging in to your system. All you need is a browser. From the project description:
I've run this myself and it's worked out great. I only use it occasionally (e.g., when I'm visiting friends/relative and need to log in and don't have an ssh client handy), but it works great even with curses applications like Mutt and Pine.