Squid – A HTTP 1.0 Proxy Server Squid is a web based proxy server based on harvest cache demon , built in 1990`s. A proxy server is an intermeadiate server for the clients , which seeks resources from other server (NET).
Why Web proxy ....? The developers of the HTTP protocol and the web analyst envisioned that , there would be an exponential growth in web content. There was a need of efficient distribution mechanism and powerfull caching primitives as well as not comprimising the security of the network. In the pursuit of developing content distribution and at the same time securing the web server , SQUID was evolved.
Web Filtering using SQUID SQUID works on content catching mechanism , by cached content the information will be fetched locally thus saving the bandwidth for ISP (internet service providers). SQUID filters the request from the users and fetched the desired outcome. The constraints on filtering and access permissions will be set by the network administrator . Filtering conditions is set using Regular Expressions.
Installation of SQUID The following command to be typed for installing SQUIDsudo apt-get install squid After installing SQUID , u will find it under directory /etc/squid The configuration file squid.conf exist under this directory , which has to be configured essential for 1. Web Filtering 2. Authentication 3. Access Permissions to users
Starting the SQUID server The following command is written to start the server.sudo /etc/init.d/ squid start To , ensure that the squid server is working properlynetstat -a -n | grep 3128 (3128 is default the port number).
Configuration of SQUID The configuration file can be opened by the following commandsudo gedit /etc/squid/squid.conf The config files is structured into tags. The essential tags are 1. TAG: auth_param 2. TAG: http_access 3. TAG: acl
Configuration of SQUID To add various constraints on the web browsing through proxy server.We configure the squid.conf file To allow only particular range of IP `s , we configure it in TAG: acl block. acl internal_network src 192.168.0.0/24 Then we allow the http acces to the specified internal_network in TAG: http_access block.http_access allow internal_network The user accesing web through the proxy server, they have to set the IP in the given range.
Configuration of SQUID To filter the web content and not allow the users of the proxy server to access the web pages , A file has to be created in the SQUID folder and the list of websites to be blocked is added . In the TAG: http_access we deny the access.http_access deny blacklist Since specifying the list of websites is a cumbersome process, the SQUID server is powered with regular expression to define a general pattern .
Configuration of SQUID The Regular Expression are specified in the file named blocks.file.acl ..[Ee][Xx][Ee]$.[Aa][Vv][Ii]$.[Mm][Pp][Gg]$.[Mm][Pp][Ee][Gg]$.[Mm][Pp]3$ In the TAG: http_access we deny the access. http_access deny blocks.file.acl
Web Page Authentication Squid associating with ncsa_auth program can be used to assign user name and password. To create user authentication htpasswd /etc/squid/passwd user1 To change the read file premission chmod o+r /etc/squid/passwd You can verify it by locating it on /usr/lib/squid/ncsa_auth
NCSA Configuration In TAG: auth_param block , we specify the folowwing commands. auth_param basic program /usr/lib/squid/ncsa_auth /etc/squid/passwd auth_param basic children 5 auth_param basic realm Squid proxy-caching web server auth_param basic credentialsttl 1 minutes auth_param basic casesensitive off In TAG: acl acl ncsa_users proxy_auth REQUIRED http_access allow ncsa_users The above command to allow the ncpa users
What not to Expect from SQUID..? SQUID is not a NIDS/NIPS (Network Intrusion Detection/Prevention System). You cannot monitor live network packets. Although there are other network tools which can be associated with them.
Which Section of people does squid appeal to....? In colleges and schools. In Small IT industries where network security is not their prime prioriy. Other organizations where hardware firewalls like CISCO is not feasible and they look forward for a simple solution. Parental Control.
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