I am running the command-line tor client on OS X 10.10 and I have a short script that routes all my WiFi network connections through the SOCKS proxy where tor is listening (

sudo networksetup -setsocksfirewallproxy $INTERFACE 9050 off
sudo networksetup -setsocksfirewallproxystate $INTERFACE on
tor -f ~/bridge.single
sudo networksetup -setsocksfirewallproxystate $INTERFACE off

Here bridge.single is a very basic torr config file that specifies a bridge relay to connect to and the Socks and Control ports for the tor client.

When I run this all my browser traffic goes through tor - e.g., Chrome - which I verify by going to check.torproject.org.

But, I am using a separate desktop app that also makes an internet connection and the tor client spits out the error

[warn] Rejecting SOCKS request for anonymous connection to private address [scrubbed]

and my other application doesn't work.

Does anyone know how I can fix this? I tried changing the tor Socks port to 9052 but it didn't help and playing with some of the ExitRelay configuration parameters here but it didn't help.

Why would Chrome's requests and responses have no problem connecting but this other application gets blocked by the tor client?

I don't have access to any "network" settings on this other application but I didn't do anything special on Chrome - I just route my WiFi traffic through tor.

Various questions here didn't help.

Update: I tried the following: connect a second computer to ethernet and run the tor client there (and route all its ethernet traffic through tor). Then I shared this second computers connection over AirPort and connected my computer to it. The second computer has a tor IP through its browser but my computer STILL shows local IP while browsing through second computers connection!!!


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It seems that you're hitting the Tor built-in protection against requests to private LAN addresses through SOCKS proxy backend. Try using redsocks or something like it, but revise your config first : you're defenately routing LAN through Tor. Post your configs and scripts here, so I'll be able to help you further.

  • Thanks for your answer. I looked into redsocks but is it available for os x? I'm not sure exactly how to set it up - if you could provide some more info on that I would really appreciate it. Is there another thing besides redsocks you would recommend? The config I am using (bridge.single above) is very simple: Bridge <bridge_ip:bridge_port> <bridge_hash> SocksPort 9050 ControlPort 9051 CookieAuthentication 1. Besides this I am just running the script I posted in my question and then launching this other application. Can you recommend something to revise in my config? Thank you! Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 20:46
  • @river_jones it can be compiled even under Windows =) yes it works on Mac OS. The config is in it's docs. If you'll have some troubles with it - just drop me a line! I'll be glad to help!
    – Alexey Vesnin
    Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 22:42

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