Live’s good and the problem is simple. Having a Linux server at home
with two virtual machines running within VMware server, I would like to
have a tunnel to the host OS and forward ports for
rdp and maybe some others.
I thought this could simply be solved with IPtables, but that turned out to be a big pain in the *ss. It didn’t work as I wanted, I locked myself out several times and still it didn’t do exactly as I wanted.
Telling a coworker of mine (Thanks Jacco) he stumbled on a simple tool, called
rinetd. It can only do one thing, but does that very well. It can forward
an incoming TCP port request to another machine on any port. The configuration
is so simple, anybody can understand it, even I did.
My config looks like:
logfile /var/log/rinetd.log logcommon 0.0.0.0 25 192.168.63.8 25 0.0.0.0 83 192.168.63.8 83 0.0.0.0 143 192.168.63.8 143 0.0.0.0 3389 192.168.63.2 3389
Start the daemon with this config file and everything works. Could not be easier.
To bad nobody maintains this, my version is dated 2003-04-13. Maybe I will, when time permits.
Take a look at the rinetd homepage and be amazed.