NOTE: tested on OS X 10.7 Lion, works fine!

These instructions are for setting up a mac to use connect.c to get SSH through a SOCKS proxy. If you are not using OS X this may still be of some use to you because connect.c will compile on Windows and *nix as well. If you’re in the NUIM oncampus accommodation and are having problems SSHing this could be the answer to your problems!

The first step is to get a copy of connect.c and compile it. The website contains instructions for doing this on other platforms but for the mac use:

  1. gcc connect.c -o connect -lresolv

This will spool out a ream of warnings but don’t worry about that.

Then you have to copy this to a folder in the path and set up the correct permissions:

  1. sudo cp connect /usr/bin
  2. sudo chmod 555 /usr/bin/connect
  3. sudo chown root:wheel /usr/bin/connect

At this stage connect.c is installed, you now need to tell SSH to use this proxy for any servers you want to connect to that is outside the campus.

To do this you need to add lines of this form to ~/.ssh/config:

  1. Host xxx.yyy.com
  2.   ProxyCommand connect -a none -S socks.yyy.com %h %p

The example above is for connection to xxx.yyy.com, you’ll need pairs like this for each host you want to connect to. You should separate the pairs with a bank line.

That’s it, you can now ssh as normal and ssh will use the SOCKS proxy.

  1. ssh user@xxx.yyy.com