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I have a quite small VPS abroad, and a BBS telnet server software that i wish to run locally.

What are my options, If i wish to only use the VPS as a relay for connections, effectively and transparently forwarding and relaying all port 23 and port 22 traffic, between any connecting telnet clients, via the VPS, and the actual computer serving/hosting the server software and storage?

  • neither relay nor local server have got static public ip, only dynamically updated dns hostnames.
  • All telnet (port 23) and ssh (port 22) communication, between the actual server and any clients, would have to transparently go via the VPS relay.

Shouldn't it be possible somehow?

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There are lots of ways to do that. You can set up an SSH tunnel and connect your server via SOCKS proxy, or you can create a tunnel interface (OpenVPN, for instance) and bind the server to it.

A more elegant solution might be to use NAT on your remote system:

iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -p tcp --dport 23 -j DNAT --to-destination <home_server_ip>:23
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -j MASQUERADE

You would also need to allow IP forwarding by adding net.ipv4.ip_forward=1 to /etc/sysctl.conf.

  • Would this work well OK with UFW enabled and take presedence in IPTables ? – DhP Aug 16 '19 at 23:31
  • the '''--to-destination <home_server_ip>:23''' would have be a dynamic url unfortunately, since there's no static public ip on the home_server connection – DhP Aug 16 '19 at 23:32
  • Would the IPTables rules be transparent <client>-<vps relay>-<server> both ways? – DhP Aug 16 '19 at 23:35

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