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I'm running a Debian Jessie server. I'm trying to setup a socks5 proxy server on such server:

Firefox (local computer) <> Debian (remote server) <> The Internet

I know how to configure proxy with Firefox, and how to configure firewall rules on the server. However my main concern is about to choose and configure a debian socks5-server related package.

  • I have looked at Dante-server. However, such package doesn't exists anymore on Debian Jessie. Moreover, I don't think it's a good idea to compile such software on production server.

  • I have looked at hpsockd but the configuration file seems a bit complex to fit my very simple setup. Additionally, the corresponding documentation is very difficult to find.

  • I also heard that OpenSSH-Server can act as socks5 proxy server. However configuration directive like "DynamicForward 0.0.0.0:1080" doesn't seems to be available both in the documentation and in the /etc/config/sshd_config file.

So, could someone give me a way to start?

  • Why do you have to use SOCKS 5? – Michael Hampton May 1 '15 at 20:55
  • Hello, I'm just providing a VPN/Proxy service, and it would be great if I can provide SOCKS5 service too, as other providers. – Tutux May 2 '15 at 12:56
  • No it wouldn't. SOCKS 5 is not a secure protocol for use over the Internet; it's meant for internal networks. You will be doing your customers a disservice if you offer it. – Michael Hampton May 2 '15 at 21:55
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Is hpsockd sufficient for your needs? Appears all the alternative SOCKS5 servers, like dante, survive only in unstable now, so maybe they developed bugs, exploits, etc.

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