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Bypassing Proxy logs

Hello all

In our setup we have MS proxy 2.0 and we run Surfcontrol for Monitoring browsing . Some of my users do not get logged. Is there any way one can bypass Surfcontrol monitoring . If yes how can it be done and how to control it.

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Sounds to me like something is amiss in your configuration.  You should be able to require users to go through the proxy server in order to get to the net.  On the other hand, MS Proxy has a number of different "gateway" services.  If they are all enabled, it is a matter of finding which one is not passing through Surfcontrol (I know that there is a Socks service.)

I'll be interested in hearing what others have to say.

I haven't played with Proxy Server in a long time, but I remember the multiple services allowing things to escape being logged.

Bottom line is that you need to get into your proxy server and start shutting down services until you find which one the users are using to get out.

If you have the proxy client installed, but your browser is not using the Proxy settings and you are handing out DNS servers through DHCP, you can bypass the logging by using a winsock connection to HTTP instead of a proxy HTTP.

Sounds like what I remembered was happening in our case, but DHCP was not involved.  It's still a case of using the winsock connection (with the Proxy client).

If you shut down the winsock service on the Proxy, that should take care of it, no?

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Yes, but it will also turn off all other services like telnet, ftp and POP through the proxy.
That should certainly take care of a lot of potential problems. <G>
Are you sure that the Clients are not disabling the Proxy client in the control panel.
Perhaps they are using netscape rather than IE ?

I hope this helps !
Shoeb_786Author Commented:
They use Winsock Proxy client . There are many users who use winsock client but they still get logged in Surfcontrol but a few are not ... . Are there any tools or utils that help in bypassing proxy monitoring

If you have the proxy name or IP address set in the browser (in IE 5, Tools|Options, Connections tab, LAN settings button), then those users cannot use the Web Proxy and will use the WinSock proxy if the proxy client is installed on that machine (and the browser is WinSock-capable, which IE and Netscape are).  Internet filters like Surfcontrol sit on top of the Web Proxy, so WinSock clients bypass them.

So to fix your problem, you have some choices:

1) Make sure the browsers are configured to use the Web Proxy.  Of course, users could always delete that info....

2) As TTom suggested, stop the WinSock Proxy service.  As geoffryn said, you will lose telnet, etc. (Though I seem to remember that the Web Proxy can handle FTP downloads but not uploads.)

3) Uninstall the WinSock client (Contol Panels, Add/Remove Programs) or stop the WinSock client (Control Panels, WSP Client) on the offending workstations.  Then those workstations lose telnet, etc.

But if you just want logs, you don't need a filter; the Web proxy and WinSock proxy both keep logs.  Of course, Surfcontrol probably highlights the naughty sites for you....  Look on the Proxy server in c:\WINNT\System32\msplogs.  Web proxy logs are W3xxxx.log, WinSock are Wsxxxx.log, where xxxx is the date.  If you don't see them, you can set it up in Internet Service Manager by getting the Web and/or WinSock Properties, and going to the logging tab.  You can see a screen shot at http://www.windowsitlibrary.com/Content/405/27/4.html

Maybe you can convince Surfcontrol to look at the Wsxxxx.log files?
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