[SASAG] Reverse SSH tunnel management via Web?

J. Lasser jon at lasser.org
Tue Aug 11 11:31:51 PDT 2009


This is something of a shot in the dark -- but hopefully someone can help.

The goal here is to have a single "remote support" server that users
can establish connections to from their systems, and for my support
people to be able to ssh into a port on that box and connect to the
remote system. The obvious solution here is to use SSH reverse
tunnels, and for the Support people to ssh into that port.

This works great for a single system with significant user interaction
at the remote site, but doesn't scale to a larger number of remote
sites requiring simultaneous access (different port numbers required
on the internal "remote support server", different ports needing to be
specified on the remote side).

I imagine that someone must have built a Web-based front end to get
user data (e.g., name of remote site) and assign a port that the
reverse tunnel can connect on, and then to provide that information to
the users of that remote support server. It seems to me that such a
Web-based reverse SSH tunnel manager solution, to accept and track
these connections, should already exist. But if it does, I can't find

I'll build it from scratch if I have to, but frankly I'd rather
leverage something already out there, especially if it's free or open.

Anybody know of any such thing?

Jon Lasser                     jon at lasser.org                      206-326-0614
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