December 3, 2015

I am spending three months to study abroad on a ship. The ship gives limited Internet access – we are allowed to use website such as Wikipedia without limit, while many other websites we cannot access. So is it possible to legally gain unlimited Internet access given the above situation?

Yes, and here’s how it works. On Wikipedia, you are allowed to have your personal page (in the User namespace), within which you can create and edit a sub-page that acts as sandboxes. So we set up a local proxy that transfers local HTTP requests to a Wikipedia sandbox page. A third server (which should be previously set up, and have unlimited Internet access) monitors that sandbox page, and replace it with the response once it finds out that there’s a new request. The local proxy then fetch the response and send back to the real application.

Here we extends WEBrick’s existing HTTPProxy server:

module Proxywiki
  class HTTPProxyServer < ::WEBrick::HTTPProxyServer

Within which we rewrite the perform_proxy_request function. It first transforms the request into a JSON, and replace a sandbox page. It then monitors the sandbox page to get the response, and then send the response back.

def perform_proxy_request(req, res, method)
  uri = req.request_uri
  path = uri.path.dup
  path << "?" << uri.query if uri.query
  header = setup_proxy_header(req, res)
  # upstream = FakeProxyURI
  # response = nil

  request_hash = {
    type: "request",
    uri_port: uri.port,
    path: path,
    header: header,
    method: method,
    body: req.body || ""

  Proxywiki::API.edit("User:Sorpaas/Sandbox", JSON.generate(request_hash))

  response = Proxywiki::API.monitor("User:Sorpaas/Sandbox", "response")

  res['proxy-connection'] = "close"
  res['connection'] = "close"

  res.status = response["status"].to_i
  choose_header(response["header"], res)
  set_cookie({'set-cookie' => response["set_cookie"]}, res)
  res.body = Base64.decode64(response["body"])

  return res

The server works the same way. It first monitors the sandbox page, and replace it with the response once it finds a request.

request = Proxywiki::API.monitor("User:Sorpaas/Sandbox", "request")
response = nil

http =["uri_host"], request["uri_port"], nil, nil)
http.start do
  if request["method"] == "head"
    response = http.head(reqeust["path"], request["header"])
  elsif request["method"] == "post"
    response =["path"], request["body"], request["header"])
    response = http.get(request["path"], request["header"])

header = {}
choose_header(response, header)

response_hash = {
  type: "response",
  status: response.code.to_i,
  header: header,
  set_cookie: response['set-cookie'],
  body: Base64.encode64(response.body)

Proxywiki::API.edit("User:Sorpaas/Sandbox", JSON.generate(response_hash))

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