I was refreshing my memory today on setting up ssh tunnels and I came across several sources that describe forwarding some local port to a website. For example: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-use-local-and-remote-ssh-port-forwarding
“Open up a terminal window on your client and issue the command:
ssh -L 8080:www.slashdot.org:80 localhost
You will be prompted to enter your user password for the client machine. Essentially, you are connecting, via SSH, back to your client machine, but creating the necessary SSH tunnel to the destination. After you've successfully authenticated against your local account, open up a browser and point it to http://localhost:8080. Your browser should automatically redirect you to Slashdot.”
Only, this doesn’t work if you actually try it. I end up with failed connections, 500 errors, 404 errors, etc. I’ve tried other sites, even non https. What’s the deal?