PuTTY Remote Port Forwarding not connecting – Server refused


So I'm at work and we have port 80/443 blocked. I'm trying to get access to the internet via SSH Tunnel. I'm currently connected to a VPN that gives me access to the external network but of course I can't browse. So I'm trying to connect to my SSH Server at home using putty following this tutorial http://anotheritblog.net/2012/11/26/ssh-tunneling-on-windows-with-putty/. My server is listening on port 222 and does have the GatewayPorts yes option configured but PuTTY is telling me it's disabled on my server when it isn't?

2016-03-16 11:09:08 Requesting remote port 80 forward to myserver.com:222
2016-03-16 11:09:08 Remote debug message: Server has disabled port forwarding.
2016-03-16 11:09:08 Remote port forwarding from 80 refused

Since I'm forwarding port 80 I thought maybe it was a firewall issue on my server so I added this rule to IPTABLES

# iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT

but this did not resolve the problem. I even changed the GatewayPorts yes to GatewayPorts clientspecified but that also did not resolve the problem. Any ideas?

Best Answer

If you are getting a message indicating the server has disabled port forwarding do you have AllowTCPForwarding no in the SSHD configuration file? The configuration file will likely be /etc/ssh/sshd_config on a Linux SSH server. If you do, change it to AllowTCPForwarding yes and restart the SSH server service.

Did you configure PuTTY to use a SOCKS proxy connection and then configure your browser to use the SOCKS proxy connection? For web access on ports 80 (HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS) that is the way I normally access websites via a tunneled SSH connection.