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Going Ghost by IP Spoofing in Kali Linux with torsocks

torsocks allows you to use most applications in a safe way with TOR. It ensures that DNS requests are handled safely and explicitly rejects any traffic other than TCP from the application you’re using. In this post we will cover IP spoofing in Kali Linux with torsocks which will allow users to connect to certain services that is banned to them. torsocks is an ELF shared library that is loaded before all others. The library overrides every needed Internet communication libc function calls such as connect() or gethostbyname().

This process is transparent to the user and if torsocks detects any communication that can’t go through the Tor network such as UDP traffic, for instance, the connection is denied. If, for any reason, there is no way for torsocks to provide the Tor anonymity guarantee to your application, torsocks will force the application to quit and stop everything. In this article I will guide you to IP spoofing in Kali using torsocks.

Many applications do not directly support the use of SOCKS proxy. torsocks enables such applications to use the tor SOCKS proxy.

Shell wrapper to simplify the use of the torsocks library to transparently allow an application to use a SOCKS proxy.


torsocks gets installed along with the tor package on Kali Linux or Ubuntu for example:

root@kali:~# apt-get install tor


user@ubuntu:~$ apt-get install tor

Building from source code

  • autoconf

  • automake

  • libtool

  • gcc




sudo make install

If you are compiling it from the git repository, run ./ before the configure script.

Using torsocks

Now all network connections s made by the telnet programs shall be routed through the tor proxy. There was many ways to get Public IP from Linux Terminal. To see the proxy effect try opening the the URL through curl. The URL echos the public IP of the requesting user. Without proxy it would look something like this:

root@kali:~# curl


That means my Public IP address is Now using it with torsocks.

root@kali:~# torsocks curl

[Dec 28 20:20:26] PERROR torsocks[2979]: socks5 libc connect: Connection refused (in socks5_connect() at socks5.c:185)

curl: (6) Could not resolve host:


Opps, that just means I forgot to start tor service. Start tor application using the following command:

root@kali:~# service tor start


Now try again:

root@kali:~# torsocks curl


Sweet as, now my Public IP changed to because the URL was opened through the TOR proxy.

You should be able to use different application via torsocks using the following command:

root@kali:~# torsocks [application]

For example we want to use telnet and ssh command to connect through a SOCKS proxy. This can be done by wrapping the telnet command with torify/usewithtor.

root@kali:~# torsocks ssh

root@kali:~# torify telnet 80

root@kali:~# usewithtor telnet 80

root@kali:~# torsocks iceweasel

For more details, please see the torsocks.1, torsocks.8 and torsocks.conf.5 man pages. Also, you can use -h, --help for all the possible options of the torsocks script.

A configuration file named torsocks.conf is also provided for the user to control some parameters.

You can also use the torsocks library without the script provided:

LD_PRELOAD=/full/path/to/ your_app


The tables below list applications that usewithtor /torsocks will send through Tor. At the moment a 100% guarantee of safe interoperability with Tor can only be given for a few of them. This is because the operation of the applications and the data they transmit has not been fully researched, so it is possible that a given application can leak user/system data at a level that neither Tor nor torsockscan control.

The following administrative applications are known to be compatible with usewithtor:

The following messaging applications are known to be compatible with usewithtor:

The following email applications are known to be compatible with usewithtor:

The following file transfer applications are known to be compatible with usewithtor:

Check the project homepage to find out what applications work well with torsocks . For example pidgin works with torsocks . Just launch it with the usewithtor command

usewithtor pidgin


TOR or torsocks is free, somewhat secure, allows you to bypass proxies, Firewall, monitoring and content filtering. Though, it can be natively blocked in Firewalls and Proxies. Its sometime is slow and sometime is not that secure you’d think. If you find that using torsocks or toris just too slow for you, then you can always use VPN services like PrivateInternetAccess which is deemed one of the best and most secured. Find a great and lengthy article on setting up VPN services which I recommend for serious users.

Users from Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, China, Bangladesh, North Korea etc. where content filtering is done in National Level maybe it’s a way to get the voice out. I do not want to discuss the legality of that and will leave that to you. Using proxy is another way for spoofing IP addresses.

On a similar note, I’ve previously covered issues where you can DoS using spoofed IP Address, install and use TOR, creating hidden services in TOR like DarkNet or SilkRoad etc.




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