Upside Down Ternet

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This is a HowTo on creating a transparent Squid proxy server using mogrify to flip the images upside down.


Install these packages to get things started

pacman -S squid apache imagemagick

ImageMagick contains mogrify and is only needed if you don't already have it.


Create and place it in your /usr/local/bin folder

$count = 0;
$pid = $$;
while (<>) {
       chomp $_;
       if ($_ =~ /(.*\.jpg)/i) {
               $url = $1;
               system("/usr/bin/wget", "-q", "-O","/srv/http/images/$pid-$count.jpg", "$url");
               system("/usr/bin/mogrify", "-flip","/srv/http/images/$pid-$count.jpg");
               print "$pid-$count.jpg\n";
       elsif ($_ =~ /(.*\.gif)/i) {
               $url = $1;
               system("/usr/bin/wget", "-q", "-O","/srv/http/images/$pid-$count.gif", "$url");
               system("/usr/bin/mogrify", "-flip","/srv/http/images/$pid-$count.gif");
               print "$pid-$count.gif\n";
       elsif ($_ =~ /(.*\.png)/i) {
               $url = $1;
               system("/usr/bin/wget", "-q", "-O","/srv/http/images/$pid-$count.png", "$url");
               system("/usr/bin/mogrify", "-flip","/srv/http/images/$pid-$count.png");
               print "$pid-$count.png\n";
       else {
               print "$_\n";;

Now we need to modify the permissions so that it's executable

chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/

Next, while not necessary, does clean up the Squid config file a lot making it easier on the eyes

sed -i "/^#/d;/^ *$/d" /etc/squid/squid.conf

Now, edit your squid.conf file and append this to the bottom

url_rewrite_program /usr/local/bin/

Also find the line for http_port and make it now read

http_port 3128 transparent

Finally, we have to create the folders for the images to be flipped in and set their permissions

The directory where the images are to be stored must be owned by the proxy user.

mkdir /srv/http/images
chown proxy:proxy /srv/http/images
chmod 755 /srv/http/images

Finally, add the http user to the proxy group

usermod -aG proxy http

Verify that the http user is a member of the proxy group

groups proxy


id -Gn proxy


Make sure you start both apache and squid with

/etc/rc.d/httpd start
/etc/rc.d/squid start

If you simply want to reload squid with the new config:

/etc/rc.d/squid reload

Router Setup

You will need to edit iptables on your router or gateway to redirect http traffic to your proxy.

If you have DD-WRT on your router, this is easily done by going to Administration -> Commands and pasting the following into the box.

LAN_IP=`nvram get lan_ipaddr`
LAN_NET=$LAN_IP/`nvram get lan_netmask`
iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i br0 -s $LAN_NET -d $LAN_NET -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT
iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i br0 -s ! $PROXY_IP -p tcp --dport 80 -j DNAT --to $PROXY_IP:$PROXY_PORT
iptables -t nat -I POSTROUTING -o br0 -s $LAN_NET -d $PROXY_IP -p tcp -j SNAT --to $LAN_IP
iptables -I FORWARD -i br0 -o br0 -s $LAN_NET -d $PROXY_IP -p tcp --dport $PROXY_PORT -j ACCEPT

Links and Sources

Original Upside-Down-Ternet Link

Ubuntu HowTo

Transparent Proxy with DD-WRT

Upside-Down-Ternet XKCD