I'm starting from a suggestion to use jvisualVM via SOCKS. However, I have a somewhat complex topology.
Starting from my laptop, I have two intermediate hosts to get through to reach the machine I wish to observe.
LaptopAtHome -> HostAtWork -> AWS-Bastion -> ThingToObserve
I can use ssh-add to handle the keys needed to make those hops. I am not supposed to leave any SSH private keys on the AWS-Bastion. How do I set all this up so that:
ssh -v -D 9696 thingtobserve.example.com
opens the wormhole from my laptop to the other end?
Also note that I need to use a different private key for the first hop than for the second and third. I have both keys loaded on the starting host with ssh-add.
Some research led me to try:
#!/bin/sh noknown="-o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no" ssh -A -t -t -v -L9999:localhost:9932 first ssh -A $noknown -t ec2-user@bastion ssh -A $noknown -t -D 9932 ec2-user@target
this fails with 'permission denied'.
I tried a simple first step:
ssh -t -v -A first ssh -A -t -v $noknown ec2-user@bastion
and the log shows that the the extra keys from the agent aren't being presented to 'bastion'. ssh -L shows them on my starting point.
It turns out that part of the problem here is that one of the hosts at my office that I was trying to use as the first hop destination has some mysterious problem. If I switch to another, I can get a shell just fine, all the way across. What I can't get is a socks proxy.
A comment on the question suggests that multi-hopping a socks proxy is, in fact, conceptually hard, and so that's the real question of this question.
this page makes a claim about multi-hop socks, but it looks to me as if there might be a typo in the port numbers; I'm experimenting.