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:
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:
sudo cp connect /usr/bin
sudo chmod 555 /usr/bin/connect
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
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.