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Tunneling with sshuttle

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2010-12-02, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Hamburg

Tunneling with sshuttle

In this Lightning Talk, held at the KunterBuntesSeminar, I presented a small tool called sshuttle and compared it to other, more well-known software solutions.

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Hamburg uses, among other things, IP-based authentication for access control. This means that there are some resources, e.g. on the web, which can only be accessed from the Dept. of Computer Science IP subnet. To access these resources from home, it is necessary to create and use some sort of connection to the CS net. This can be accomplished by connecting to the VPN or by establishing an SSH connection. The tool I showcased, sshuttle, promises a new way to solve this problem by tunneling IP traffic through a simple SSH connection using iptables. This idea has several advantages over the alternatives.

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