SSH Tunnel Utility

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Manager SSH Tunnel Utility Icon.png 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.

SSH Tunnel Utility

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.

Note that the tunnels are only active while HSYCO is running. Restarting HSYCO, all connections established through the tunnels, including the SSH connection, are dropped.

The configuration API

The SSH Tunnel Utility can be dynamically configured, and the tunnel service enabled and disabled, with USER calls in ENVENTS and the user() command in Java or JavaScript.

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

User commands

ID Value Description
sshtunnel.enable true enable the tunnels
false disable the tunnels <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
The tunnel utility must not be enabled to change the configuration parameters with API commands.