Tunneling Opera's DNS requests over SSH

Opera won't tunnel DNS requests over a socks5 proxy if you have one set. This is an example of how I used system wide changes to get Opera (and everything else) to use an ssh tunnel for DNS using a remote virtual private server, socat, dnsmasq, ssh, and resolv.conf. Both home and server are ubuntu 10.04.

(If you're on windows try: dns2socks.)

## In examples,
## vps.yourhost.com is remote VPS
## I use 'username' as my account on both the VPS and the my home machine. So I don't specify user in the commands below.
## Normally with ssh you can specify user with -l, like -l username

## Setup http tunnel, set Opera to use socks5 proxy 8080
ssh -C2qTnN -D 8080 vps.yourhost.com

## Setup DNS tunnel... the scheme is:
## Opera-> system dns on> socat listens on port 53 redirects to 5353->
## ssh forwards port 5353 from to vps.yourhost.com VPS->
## On the VPS another instance of socat takes port 5353 from the ssh tunnel and redirects to 53 local to VPS->
## VPS is running dnsmasq DNS proxy listening on 53, it proxies the DNS request to it's DNS server->
## VPS's DNS server sends back answer and it goes back through the established chain-> Opera

# local machine
# has primary DNS set to , secondary to router's DNS.
sudo socat tcp4-listen:5353,reuseaddr,fork UDP:
ssh -N -L 5353: vps.yourhost.com

# remote machine
# with dnsmasq DNS proxy running on port 53,
# as root do;
socat -T15 udp4-recvfrom:53,reuseaddr,fork tcp:localhost:5353

Set /etc/resolv.conf to use localhost for DNS with the router as backup (for before you start the tunnel).

#search namecoin-suffix.dot-bit.org # check .bit address first
nameserver # VPS SSH DNS tunnel (no .bit resolver)
nameserver # Router based DNSmasq .bit resolver and normal DNS fallback

If you leave a backup nameserver Opera will still leak DNS and use it when the latency of answers from the tunneled DNS becomes high. For example, when I load a 300+ tab Opera session more than half of the DNS requests are sent unencrypted to So, disable the backup nameserver by commenting it out once you've set up the tunnel.

## So... after doing all this after every reboot ( I made scripts ) Opera will now browse "securely".
## Opera->>>ssh->(vps.yourhost.com:5353)->vps.yourhost.com:53->dns proxy->(real DNS server)->SUCCESS

## firefox makes things so much fucking easier.
## For Firefox you can just set it to use socks5 proxy for DNS requests ## network.proxy.socks_remote_dns = true , and,
ssh -C2qTnN -D 8080 vps.yourhost.com



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