SSH Tunnel Utility
The SSH Tunnel Utility allows to create secure reverse SSH-based connection tunnels to a remote SSH server (hub). Up to three concurrent tunnels can be established, one for local SSH console access, one for the HTTPS Web server connections and one additional (AUX) tunnel to any local service network port like, for example, the Modbus TCP Gateway server.
A tunnel is configured by setting the local TCP port of a network server, and the remote TCP port for the tunnel on the remote SSH server. Connecting to the TCP port associated to a tunnel on the remote server will route the connection and all established traffic, through the tunnel, to the local TCP port defined in the tunnel configuration.
Thanks to the SSH tunnels, a local HSYCO Server that lacks inbound connectivity, could still be accessed via a remote and accessible SSH server configured as a tunnel end-point.
The tunnel configuration parameters can be modified only when tunneling is not enabled.
The "SSH hub host name" is the network name or IP address of the remote SSH tunnel server (hub).
In order to establish a secure connection, the SSH Tunnel Utility authenticates on the remote SSH tunnel server with the user id set in "SSH user on hub" and the "SSH public key" of the HSYCO Server, that must be copied into the "authorized_keys" file on the hub for that user.
If the SSH, HTTPS or AUX port number fields are left empty, the corresponding tunnel is not activated.
The configuration API
In the following EVENTS example, the tunnel is enabled at 08:00 and disabled at 18:00.
TIME 0800 : USER sshtunnel.enable = true TIME 1800 : USER sshtunnel.enable = false
|sshtunnel.enable||true||enable the tunnels|
|false||disable the tunnels|
|sshtunnel.host||<host>||the SSH hub host name or IP address|
|sshtunnel.user||<user>||the user name on SSH hub used to connect from this unit|
|sshtunnel.ssh.port||<port>||the SSH port number on hub that will be tunnelled to this unit's SSH port|
|sshtunnel.https.port||<port>||the HTTPS port number on hub that will be tunnelled to this unit's HTTPS port|
|sshtunnel.https.local.port||<port>||the local HTTPS port number|
|sshtunnel.aux.port||<port>||the AUX port number on hub that will be tunnelled to this unit's AUX port|
|sshtunnel.aux.local.port||<port>||the local AUX port number|
|sshtunnel.kill||true||all running SSH processes will be killed at start-up|
|false||don't kill SSH processes at start-up|