Run sshd and openshift-router on the same port using HAProxy on CentOS7

TL;DHTTW (Don’t Have Time To Write 🙂 )

Remove firewalls and only use iptables, because there are non trivial interactions that makes stuff complicated:
sudo systemctl stop firewalld && sudo systemctl start iptables; sudo systemctl start ip6tables

oc cluster up --version=v3.3 --metrics --public-hostname= --use-existing-config

Change router default port:

oc env dc/router ROUTER_SERVICE_HTTPS_PORT=9443

Also edit dc router and change hostNetwork: true to false and hostPort form 443 to 9443

Then, here is the haproxy.cfg that you may need:

    log local2
    chroot      /var/lib/haproxy
    pidfile     /var/run/
    maxconn     4000
    user        haproxy
    group       haproxy

    stats socket /var/lib/haproxy/stats
    log                     global
    option                  dontlognull
    option                  redispatch
    retries                 3
    timeout http-request    10s
    timeout queue           1m
    timeout connect         10s
    timeout client          1m
    timeout server          1m
    timeout http-keep-alive 10s
    timeout check           10s
    maxconn                 3000
listen ssl :443
  tcp-request inspect-delay 4s
  acl is_ssl req_ssl_ver 2:3.1
  tcp-request content accept if is_ssl
  use_backend ssh if !is_ssl
  server www-ssl
  timeout client 2h
backend ssh
  mode tcp
  server ssh :22
  timeout server 2h

And finally, you will need to allow HAProxy to use port 443 by adding the following SELinux boolean:

setsebool -P haproxy_connect_any 1

VPN tunnels through HTTP proxy using SSH

The title of this post is beatufill: 7 words, 3 acronyms equally distributed composed of 3,4 and 3 letters.
But that’s not the topic….instead, today, we will learn how to setup a VPN tunnel using SSH when you are behind proxy.

You will need:
– a first tool: sshuttle
– an SSH client able to receive and process the ProxyCommand directive
– a remote SSH server running on port 443 or 80
– another tool: corkscrew
– a proxy server only allowing HTTP(S) traffic

Let’s describe each in reverse order

Proxy Server

You should not have too much control on it, but if the proxy server requires authentication you should get your pair of credentials. Also, if using corkscrew like here, the proxy must supports CONNECT command, otherwise, you should use httptunnel instead.


corkscrew is a simple tool to tunnel TCP connections through an HTTP proxy supporting the CONNECT method. It reads stdin and writes to std- out during the connection, just like nectat.
We will use it to connect to an SSH server running on a remote 443 port through the HTTPS proxy. To do so, we will need to set corkscrew as the ProxyCommand for our SSH client. If your proxy requires authentication, you have to set the credentials in a separate file, lets say ~/.ssh/corkscrew-authfile with the patten username:password


SSH Server

A raspberry Pi hidden at home or even an AWS Free Tier machine should be sufficient. The required configuration parameter needs the following:

# What ports, IPs and protocols we listen for
Port 22
Port 443

# Authentication:
RSAAuthentication yes
PubkeyAuthentication yes
AuthorizedKeysFile	%h/.ssh/authorized_keys

SSH Client

The SSH client configuration will be setup in your .ssh/config file, so you don’t need to type it every time you want to use your tunnel.

  ProxyCommand corkscrew 8080 443  /Users/Akram/.ssh/corkscrew-authfile

Then, every time you will do:


You will be automagically connected to your SSH box, because the SSH client will delegate its connexion management to corkscrew that will connect to on port 8080 using the credentials in file /Users/Akram/.ssh/corkscrew-authfile and then convert the SSH commands into HTTP+CONNECT request going to on port 443.

That was the most difficult part. Once you are connected to your SSH box, the world is then open to you!


sshuttle is the ultimate tool that we will use: It is a transparent VPN proxy through SSH. sshuttle documentation describes briefly the way it works and gives many example of usages. The one that I uses if simply this command line:

sshuttle  --dns -r 0/0

Juste not here that is the address of the server for which you have setup ProxyCommand configuration. Since sshuttle will use SSH under the cover, you have made the sufficient work to make the connection work (even through HTTPS Proxy).
In my case, I added the –dns option to also allow DNS traffic to go through my tunnel because corporate DNS traffic is blocked.
If the connection succeeds, you will see a message “client connected”.
Et voilĂ ….all your connections will go through sshuttle to reach the internet