Squid is a caching proxy for HTTP, HTTPS and FTP, providing extensive access controls.
- 1 Installation
- 2 Configuration
- 3 Accessing services on local hostnames
- 4 Starting
- 5 Content Filtering
- 6 Frontend
- 7 Ad blocking with adzapper
- 8 Transparent web proxy
- 9 HTTP Authentication
- 10 Hide Browser’s Real IP Address
- 11 SSL Bumping
- 12 Troubleshooting
- 13 Additional Resources
Install the package.
By default, the cache directories will be created in
/var/cache/squid, and the appropriate permissions set up for those directories. However, for greater control, we need to delve into
The following options might be of some use to you. If you do not have the option present in your configuration file, add it!
http_port- Sets the port that Squid binds to on your local machine. You can have Squid bind to multiple ports by specifying multiple http_port lines. By default, Squid binds to port 3128.
http_port 3128 http_port 3129
http_access- This is an access control list for who is allowed to use the proxy. By default only localhost is allowed to access the proxy. For testing purposes, you may want to change the option
http_access deny allto
http_access allow all, which will allow anyone to connect to your proxy. If you wanted to just allow access to your subnet, you can do:
acl ip_acl src 192.168.1.0/24 http_access allow ip_acl http_access deny all
cache_mgr- This is the email address of the cache manager.
shutdown_lifetime- Specifies how long Squid should wait when its service is asked to stop. If you're running squid on your desktop PC, you may want to set this to something short.
shutdown_lifetime 10 seconds
cache_mem- This is how much memory you want Squid to use to keep objects in memory rather than writing them to disk. Squid's total memory usage will exceed this! By default this is 8MB, so you might want to increase it if you have lots of RAM available.
cache_mem 64 MB
visible_hostname- hostname that will be shown in status/error messages
cache_peer- If you want your Squid to go through another proxy server, rather than directly out to the Internet, you need to specify it here.
login- Use this option if the parent proxy requires authentication.
never_direct- Tells the cache to never go direct to the internet to retrieve a page. You will want this if you have set the option above.
cache_peer 10.1.1.100 parent 8080 0 no-query default login=user:password never_direct allow all
maximum_object_size- The largest size of a cached object. By default this is 4 MB, so if you have a lot of disk space you will want to increase the size of it to something reasonable.
maximum_object_size 10 MB
squid -zN-z for Create missing swap directories and -N for No daemon mode.
cache_dir- This is your cache directory, where all the cached files are stored. There are many options here, but the format should generally go like:
cache_dir <storage type> <directory> <size in MB> 16 256
So, in the case of a school's internet proxy:
cache_dir diskd /cache0 200000 16 256
If you change the cache directory from defaults, you must set the correct permissions on the cache directory before starting Squid, else it won't be able to create its cache directories and will fail to start.
Accessing services on local hostnames
If you plan to access web servers on the LAN using hostnames that are not fully-defined (e.g.
http://mywebapp), you may need to enable the
dns_defnames option. Without this option, Squid will make a DNS request for the hostname verbatim (
mywebapp), which may fail, depending on your LAN's DNS setup. With the option enabled, Squid will append any domain configured in
/etc/resolv.conf when making the request (e.g.
Once you have finished your configuration, you should check that your configuration file is correct:
# squid -k check
Then create your cache directories:
# squid -z
Then you can start/enable
If you're looking for a content filtering solution to work with Squid, you should check out the very powerful DansGuardian.
If you'd like a web-based frontend for managing Squid, Webmin is your best bet.
Squid 4.x not supported in Webmin
If you receive an error indicating your version of webmin is unsupported:
Your version of Squid is not supported by Webmin. Only versions from 1.1 to 3.4 are supported by this module.
you will need to modify the file
/opt/webmin/squid/index.cgi (see issue #952)
Ad blocking with adzapper
Adzapper is a plugin for Squid. It catches ads of all sorts (even Flash animations) and replaces them with an image of your choice, so the layout of the page isn't altered very much.
Adzapper is no longer in the community repository, but it can be found in the AUR.
echo "redirect_program /usr/bin/adzapper.wrapper" >> /etc/squid/squid.conf
echo "url_rewrite_program /usr/bin/adzapper.wrapper" >> /etc/squid/squid.conf echo "url_rewrite_children 10" >> /etc/squid/squid.conf
If you want, you can configure adzapper to your liking. The configuration out of the box works wonderfully well though.
Transparent web proxy
Transparency happens by redirecting all www requests eth0 picks up, to Squid. You'll need to add a port with an
intercept (for squid 3.2) parameter. Note that at least one port must be available without the intercept parameter:
http_port 3128 http_port 3129 intercept
From a terminal with root privileges, run:
# gid=`id -g proxy` # iptables -t nat -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -m owner --gid-owner $gid -j ACCEPT # iptables -t nat -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -j DNAT --to-destination SQUIDIP:3129 # iptables-save > /etc/iptables/iptables.rules
Then start the
iptables.service systemd unit.
Replace SQUIDIP with the public IP(s) which squid may use for its listening port and outbound connections.
interceptoption in the http_port line.
/etc/shorewall/rules and add
REDIRECT loc 3129 tcp www # redirect to Squid on port 3128 ACCEPT $FW net tcp www # allow Squid to fetch the www content
shorewall systemd unit.
Squid can be configured to require a user and password in order to use it. We will use digest http auth
First create a users file with
htdigest -c /etc/squid/users MyRealm username. Enter a password when prompted.
Then add these lines to your
auth_param digest program /usr/lib/squid/digest_file_auth -c /etc/squid/users auth_param digest children 5 auth_param digest realm MyRealm acl users proxy_auth REQUIRED http_access allow users
And restart squid. Now you will be prompted to enter a username and password when accessing the proxy.
You can add more users with
htdigest /etc/squid/users MyRealm newuser. You probably would like to install Apache package, which contains
http_accessrules cascade, so you need to set them in the desired order.
Set up samba and winbindd and test it with
Grant r-x access to /var/cache/samba/winbindd_privileged/ directory for squid user/group
Then add something like this to squid.conf:
auth_param ntlm program /usr/bin/ntlm_auth --helper-protocol=squid-2.5-ntlmssp auth_param ntlm children 5 auth_param ntlm max_challenge_reuses 0 auth_param ntlm max_challenge_lifetime 2 minutes auth_param ntlm keep_alive off
acl ntlm_users proxy_auth REQUIRED http_access allow ntlm_users http_access deny all
Hide Browser’s Real IP Address
Reference: Squid Proxy Hide System’s Real IP Address
# Hide client ip forwarded_for delete # Turn off via header via off # Deny request for original source of a request follow_x_forwarded_for deny all request_header_access X-Forwarded-For deny all
Create Self-Signed Root CA Certificate
openssl req -new -newkey rsa:2048 -sha256 -days 3650 -nodes -x509 -extensions v3_ca -keyout myCA.pem -out myCA.pem
Generating a 2048 bit RSA private key .....+++ .............................................................................................................................................+++ writing new private key to 'myCA.pem'
You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated into your certificate request. What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN. There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank For some fields there will be a default value, If you enter '.', the field will be left blank.
Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:US State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:Illinois Locality Name (eg, city) :Chicago Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:Example Company LTD. Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) :Information Technology Common Name (e.g. server FQDN or YOUR name) :Example Company LTD. Email Address :
Create a DER-encoded certificate to import into users' browsers
openssl x509 -in myCA.pem -outform DER -out myCA.der
The result file (myCA.der) should be imported into the 'Authorities' section of users' browsers. For example, in FireFox:
Open 'Preferences' Go to the 'Privacy and Security' section Press the 'View Certificates' button and go to the 'Authorities' tab Press the 'Import' button, select the .der file that was created previously and pres 'OK'
Modify Squid Configuration File
http_port 3128 ssl-bump tls-cert=/etc/squid/myCA.pem generate-host-certificates=on dynamic_cert_mem_cache_size=4MB options=NO_SSLv3,NO_TLSv1,NO_TLSv1_1,SINGLE_DH_USE,SINGLE_ECDH_USE ssl_bump stare all ssl_bump bump all
Create and initialize TLS certificates cache directory
/usr/lib/squid/security_file_certgen -c -s /var/cache/squid/ssl_db -M 4MB
Finally, Restart Squid then SSL Bump will work
systemctl restart squid
Squid needs to be restarted after boot
If you are using both squid and NetworkManager, the following error means that squid is launched before the wifi connection is enabled by NetworkManager (
/etc/resolv.conf is empty).
Warning: Could not find any nameservers. Trying to use localhost Please check your /etc/resolv.conf file or use the 'dns_nameservers' option in squid.conf.
- Enable NetworkManager-wait-online.service systemd unit.
- Using NetworkManager dispatcher instead of systemd to start squid
squid.service systemd unit.
if test "$1" = 'wlp2s0' then if test "$2" = 'up' then systemctl start squid else systemctl stop squid fi fi
sudo chmod u+x /etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d/10_squid