Upside Down Ternet

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This article explains how to create a transparent Squid proxy server using mogrify to flip the images upside down.


Install the squid, apache and imagemagick packages from the official repositories.


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

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


Configure httpd.service and squid.service to start on boot.

Read Daemons for more information.

See also