Using a Proxy Server to access the IPv6 Internet?

I had an idea recently. Could a person use an http proxy server to access the IPv6 portions of the Internet? The answer is, yes.

To test this out, I spun up a cloud server at Rackspace . Rackspace assigns IPv6 Addresses to their 'Next Generation' Cloud Servers. In this instance, I used Linux and installed squid and httpd-tools.

[[email protected] ~]# ip addr show dev eth0
2: eth0: mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP qlen 1000
link/ether bc:76:4e:04:54:39 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
inet brd scope global eth0
inet6 2001:4800:780e:510:e026:3332:ff04:5439/64 scope global
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
inet6 fe80::be76:4eff:fe04:5439/64 scope link
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
[[email protected] ~]# history | grep yum
2 yum -y install squid
28 yum -y --disableexcludes=all update
58 yum -y install setroubleshoot
63 yum whatprovides "*/finger"
87 yum search squid
124 yum whatprovides "*/htpasswd"
125 yum install --help
126 yum deplist httpd_tools
127 yum install httpd_tools
128 yum deplist httpd-tools
129 yum install httpd-tools
195 history | grep yum
[[email protected] ~]# head -n 50 /etc/squid/squid.conf
# Recommended minimum configuration:
acl manager proto cache_object
#acl localhost src ::1
#acl to_localhost dst ::1

auth_param basic program /usr/lib64/squid/ncsa_auth /etc/squid/passwd
acl sgn proxy_auth REQUIRED
http_access allow sgn
http_access deny all

# Example rule allowing access from your local networks.
# Adapt to list your (internal) IP networks from where browsing
# should be allowed
#acl localnet src # RFC1918 possible internal network
#acl localnet src # RFC1918 possible internal network
#acl localnet src # RFC1918 possible internal network
#acl localnet src fc00::/7 # RFC 4193 local private network range
#acl localnet src fe80::/10 # RFC 4291 link-local (directly plugged) machines

acl SSL_ports port 443
acl Safe_ports port 80 # http
acl Safe_ports port 21 # ftp
acl Safe_ports port 443 # https
acl Safe_ports port 70 # gopher
acl Safe_ports port 210 # wais
acl Safe_ports port 1025-65535 # unregistered ports
acl Safe_ports port 280 # http-mgmt
acl Safe_ports port 488 # gss-http
acl Safe_ports port 591 # filemaker
acl Safe_ports port 777 # multiling http

# Recommended minimum Access Permission configuration:
# Only allow cachemgr access from localhost
#http_access allow manager localhost
#http_access deny manager

# Deny requests to certain unsafe ports
#http_access deny !Safe_ports

# Deny CONNECT to other than secure SSL ports
http_access deny CONNECT !SSL_ports

# We strongly recommend the following be uncommented to protect innocent
# web applications running on the proxy server who think the only
# one who can access services on "localhost" is a local user
[[email protected] ~]# history | grep htpasswd
124 yum whatprovides "*/htpasswd"
130 htpasswd
131 htpasswd -cm /etc/squid/passwd someuser
197 history | grep htpasswd
[[email protected] ~]# cat /etc/squid/passwd
[[email protected] ~]# iptables -L
Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT)
target prot opt source destination
ACCEPT all -- anywhere anywhere state RELATED,ESTABLISHED
ACCEPT icmp -- anywhere anywhere
ACCEPT all -- anywhere anywhere
ACCEPT tcp -- anywhere anywhere state NEW tcp dpt:ssh
ACCEPT tcp -- anywhere anywhere state NEW tcp dpt:squid
REJECT all -- anywhere anywhere reject-with icmp-host-prohibited

Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT)
target prot opt source destination
REJECT all -- anywhere anywhere reject-with icmp-host-prohibited

Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT)
target prot opt source destination 

As you can see, all that I did with squid was set it up to allow connections from authenticated users rather than IP Addresses. This would allow somebody to be mobile and still use the proxy. I then used 'htpasswd' from the httpd-tools package to generate the /etc/squid/passwd file, and finally, I opened up squid on the firewall.

The only other changes would need to be made on your local machine. You would need to use DNS servers that served AAAA records. Googles servers do this. and Your local ISP may serve the AAAA records as well. You can test this with the dig or nslookup command.

dig aaaa

Lastly, you'll need to configure your browser to point to your proxy server. As you can see in the screenshot below. The IP Address from is listed as the IPv6 Address of my proxy server.