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I'd like to use my Webfaction SSH to set up a SOCKS proxy for my own personal web browsing etc. (I'm in China and everything gets blocked on and off). I'd only be using the proxy myself. Is this possible / permitted?

I've tried setting up the SOCKS proxy, but if I try to browse web pages with it, the connection gets closed immediately. The Bitvise SSH client I'm using in Windows to handle the SSH connection reports:

"SOCKS4 connection from client __ failed: Client connection closed before completion of protocol."

Any help would be appreciated.

asked 07 Oct '13, 23:00

MrXiang
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This is fine as long as it's for personal use and you're not giving access to others. And, of course, assuming that you don't consume more than a reasonable amount of bandwidth. Otherwise, it's essentially the same as running netcat.

The problem seems to be that you're using SOCKS4, but SSH is a SOCKS5 proxy. I'm not familiar with the "Bitvise" SSH client -- have you tried putty?

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answered 07 Oct '13, 23:32

ryans ♦♦
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It was the SOCKS4/SOCKS5 that was the problem. Now using SOCKS5 without issues. Thanks for your help.

(08 Oct '13, 00:18) MrXiang
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