ReQrypt - Request Encryption

ReQrypt overview.

ReQrypt is a free tool for bypassing a local adversary. This includes:

  • ISP-level URL-filtering (a.k.a. censorship) systems;
  • ISP or government data-logging/snooping systems; and
  • ISP or local network forced transparent proxying.

Unlike other anti-censorship tools, ReQrypt does not rely on a network of friendly proxy severs. Instead, ReQrypt works more like a user-controllable routing tool, that lets the user redirecting outbound packets through one or more encrypted tunnel(s) -- bypassing the local adversary. ReQrypt does not affect inbound traffic, which is sent via the normal route.

ReQrypt has the following advantages:

  • Since ReQrypt does not rely on proxy servers, your IP address will not be changed. To the remote web server, it appears as though your traffic was sent directly from your PC unchanged (save for TTL values and fragmentation).
  • Since inbound packets are sent directly from the web server to your browser, and not via a proxy server, ReQrypt is fast.
  • (For tunnel operators): running a ReQrypt server is cheaper than running a proxy server, since outbound traffic (web requests) is usually much smaller than inbound traffic (web responses).

ReQrypt is effective against most lightweight filtering/logging systems that are popular in western countries, since such systems usually only intercept outbound traffic. Intercepting inbound traffic is generally more expensive and technically challenging, thus is usually ignored.

ReQrypt - Getting Started

NOTE: Please keep in mind that ReQrypt can be hit-and-miss. It will either work perfectly or not work at all (and usually because of an incompatible NAT or bad configuration).

To use ReQrypt please use the following instructions:

  1. Download ReQrypt for your system.
  2. (Recommended) Make sure IPv6 is disabled, e.g.:
    • Windows: Under Control PanelNetwork and Sharing CenterView your active networksLocal Area ConnectionPropertiesNetworking, click to clear the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) box and press OK.
    • Linux: Run the commands as root:
              sysctl net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6
              sysctl net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6
              sysctl net.ipv6.conf.lo.disable_ipv6
    • MacOSX: Under System PreferencesNetworkEthernet and/or AirPortAdvancedTCP/IP, set Configure IPv6 to Off and press OK.
  3. (Recommended) Change your DNS, e.g. use Google Public DNS.
  4. Start ReQrypt.
  5. (Optional) Configure ReQrypt.

If you have IPv6 enabled, then you must disable it before using ReQrypt. Currently ReQrypt ignores IPv6 traffic.

Many filtering systems use a combination of DNS poisoning and packet interception. It is therefore recommended that your change your DNS server in addition to using ReQrypt. If your ISP blocks external DNS traffic, you can try enabling DNS Hiding in the ReQrypt OPTIONS tab.

ReQrypt can be tuned based on the type of system you are trying to circumvent. See the next section on effectiveness.

ReQrypt - Effectiveness

ReQrypt is effective against many kinds of provider-level filtering, proxying and data retention systems. This is summarized in the following table:

Filter/Proxy ReQrypt? Explanation
DNS poisoning ReQrypt is overkill for DNS poisoning. Instead reconfigure your system to use a different DNS server, such as Google Public DNS.
DNS blocking This occurs when your provider blocks access to alternative DNS servers. In this case reconfigure your system to use a different DNS server then run ReQrypt with Hiding mode set to "Off" and "DNS Hiding" enabled.
IP address blocking Provider blocks certain IP addresses. Use ReQrypt with "Active-Highest" mode enabled.
Proxy-ing Provider forces all HTTP traffic through proxy servers. In some cases ReQrypt can completely bypass the proxy servers with "Active-Highest" mode enabled.
Hybrid proxy-ing Provider forces some HTTP traffic through proxy servers based on IP address. As above use ReQrypt with "Active-Highest" mode enabled.
Hybrid filtering Provider blocks access to certain URLs at the Network level using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI). For Network-level filtering only the URLs need to be hidden. Use ReQrypt with "Passive", "Active-Low" or "Active-Medium" modes enabled.
Mirror filtering This is similar to hybrid filtering except the provider copies (mirrors) rather than selectively redirects packets. As above, use ReQrypt with "Passive", "Active-Low" or "Active-Medium" modes enabled.
URL sniffing Provider is sniffing packets to extract URLs for logging or data-retention purposes. User ReQrypt with "Active-Medium" mode enabled.
Strong filtering The various strong filtering methods used in countries like China or Iran. ReQrypt is generally ineffective against such systems since they typically block or severely restrict inbound traffic.

ReQrypt - Download

ReQrypt version 1.4.1 is available for download:

The source-code is available from the ReQrypt source repository:

ReQrypt is an open source project released under GNU GPL VERSION 3.

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