[Bug 1572] accept SOCKS requests over the mux socket in master mode

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--- Comment #6 from Jim Knoble <jmknoble at pobox.com>  2009-03-13 16:41:56 ---
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 17:51:27 -0700
From: William Ahern <william[snip]25thandClement[snip]com>
To: [snip] openssh-unix-dev at mindrot.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] accept SOCKS request over the mux socket
Message-ID: <20090313005127.GA12637 at wilbur.25thandClement.com>

On Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 05:31:35PM -0500, Jim Knoble wrote:
> Are there plans to implement domain sockets for '-R'?  If so:
>     # Listen on the remote address ::1 on port 2222, forward back
>     # across the ssh link to address ::1, port 22
>     ssh -R ::1/2222/::1/22
>     # Listen on the remote address on port 2222, forward
>     # back across the ssh link to the socket at /tmp/my-service-sock
>     # on the host ssh is running on
>     ssh -R

First of all, you have to modify the wire protocol to request remote
domain socket forwarding. When I did it, it was relatively simple.

Second of all, there are security issues with domain sockets. One of
pains of domain sockets in general is you can't simply set
To make them practical, you have to (at least provide the option to)
unlink() the path. Otherwise broken connections and other regular
happenstances will make live miserable to make use of the capability.
And for all but the most convoluted solutions, there are still races
other uncertainties.

> In words, if '/' is used as the subargument separator, then Unix
> domain sockets cannot be specified.  If ':' is used, remote IPv6
> addresses must be specified in square brackets, and if the first
> character of the "local" host specification is '/', then it's a Unix
> domain socket.
> If you want Unix domain sockets to be used with -L or -R on the remote
> end as well, that works the same as above, only with -L and -R
> reversed.  To forward between Unix domain sockets on both ends, you
> get:
>     ssh -L /tmp/ssh-forward-sock:/tmp/my-service-sock
> (I.e., only 2 subarguments, separated by ':').  Same for -R.
> Obviously, sshd would have to be patched to support that.

The way I implemented it was I re-wrote the the -L and -R parser to be
more generic, using a small state machine rather than ad-hoc string
parsing. The most straight-forward syntax would be to require domain
paths to be between braces; then there's no conflict (unless your path
contains brances, but you can escape those), and you don't even
necessarily need to require absolute paths, because the brace syntax
bootstrap you into a new syntax domain.  For instance:


Or perhaps:


(I'm unfamiliar with the sftp spec, but I bet there's a useful syntax
there, too.)

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