Mesh/Exit setup

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An exit node is like a relay node but with a connection out to the Internet. Exit nodes are run by sudo mesh and have the sudo mesh organization listed as the whois abuse complaint contact. This ensures that legal inquires for Internet-bound traffic from the mesh are sent to sudo mesh so node-operators don't have to deal with e.g. DMCA complaints and other legal issues unless absolutely necessary. We encourage anyone and everyone to run relay nodes, but we do not expect anyone else to run public exit nodes. If you're still interested in running an exit node, come talk to us!

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Exit nodes do everything relay nodes do and adds the following:

This guide builds on top of the relay node guide, so follow that first and them come back here!

NATed internet access

Create the script /etc/init.d/meshnat containing the following:



case "$1" in
        if [ "`iptables -t nat -L|grep MASQUERADE`" = '' ]; then
                echo "Starting mesh NAT"
                echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
                iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o $PUBIF -j MASQUERADE
                iptables -A FORWARD -i $PUBIF -o $BATIF -m state --state RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
                iptables -A FORWARD -i $PUBIF -o $BATIF -j DROP
                echo "Mesh NAT already started"
        echo "Stopping mesh NAT"
        echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
        iptables -F FORWARD
        iptables -t nat -F POSTROUTING
        echo "Usage: $0 start|stop" >&2
        exit 3

Make it executable:

chmod 755 /etc/init.d/meshnat

Now modify the tunneldigger broker/ hook script to start the meshnat script. Change the section:

if [ `cat /sys/class/net/bat0/operstate` != "up" ]; then
       ifconfig bat0 <relay_mesh_ip> netmask up


if [ `cat /sys/class/net/bat0/operstate` != "up" ]; then
       ifconfig bat0 <exit_mesh_ip> netmask up
       /etc/init.d/meshnat start

Where <exit_mesh_ip> is the assigned mesh IP address for your exit node. E.g:

Now NAT should be set up correctly.

Setting up DNS

First, ensure that tunneldigger broker is not running on port 53 by removing port 53 from the "ports=" entry in /opt/tunneldigger/broker/l2tp_broker.cfg

Now, install dnsmasq:

sudo aptitude install dnsmasq

Ensure that you have one or more domain name server IPs in /etc/resolv.conf

Make sure that ENABLED=1 is set in /etc/default/dnsmasq

Restart dnsmasq if you changed anything:

sudo /etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart

Fake captive portal

TODO write this section