Author: alex <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 23:24:47 -0400
notes: Add wireguard writeup
I wonder how many of these writeups will become "check out the
source over on git"
It does feel a bit redundant to copy it all into the notes..
but OTOH, the source may change over time. hm
2 files changed, 65 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
diff --git a/index.html b/index.html
@@ -21,7 +21,6 @@ this site along with my field notes on how I set each thing up!
-<li>Set up wireguard</li>
<li>Set up IRC bouncer</li>
<li>Set up IRC services (NickServ)</li>
<li>Basic backup solution</li>
@@ -43,6 +42,7 @@ this site along with my field notes on how I set each thing up!
<li><a href="notes/006-use-the-src.txt">Obtained the source code for the system</a></li>
<li><a href="notes/007-git-coding.txt">Set up git hosting via stagit(1)</a></li>
<li><a href="notes/008-local-irc.txt">Set up IRC for tilde members</a></li>
+<li><a href="notes/009-wireguard.txt">Set up wireguard</a></li>
diff --git a/notes/009-wireguard.txt b/notes/009-wireguard.txt
@@ -0,0 +1,64 @@
+009-wireguard -- Tues Sep 28, 2021
+Wireguard is probably one of the coolest technologies I've encountered
+in a long time. The simplicity of public key auth (ssh-style where the
+protocol doesn't care how you get the public key on the server) all
+in the kernel? Sign me up!
+On our tilde, we want to set up wireguard so that we can provide vpn-only
+services (for security reasons such as not allowing brute-force password
+The very first of these services is IRC--we want people to be able to
+connect from mobile devices and personal computers, but our network is
+currently not password protected and has no services like NickServ, etc.
+The solution? Have it listen on a wireguard IP and distribute wg keys
+to trusted tilde members :)
+I'll start with the obligatory RTFM -- wg(8) and ifconfig(8) are both
+really well documented. However, there was a bit of fun hackery that went
+down on our tuesday pair-admining call that's worth documenting!
+~anthony and I needed a simple tool to manage wireguard keys and IPs.
+When a new device is to be given access we want to:
+ 1) Generate a private key, public key, and wg-quick(1) config file
+ to distribute to the user
+ 2) Obtain the next numerical hostname
+ 3) Add the peer to our wg endpoint on the server
+To do this, we used a small sh(1) script that has a catalog of names in
+a flat file like so:
+ host1 10.6.6.1
+ host2 10.6.6.2
+And then each host has a directory:
+The tool is called wggen(1) , and it ends up effectively:
+ 1) Creating a directory for NAME
+ 2) Generating a wg(8) key using openssl(1):
+ openssl rand -base64 32 > private.key
+ 3) Creating a temporary wg endpoint to get the public key using
+ the grep/cut hack in wg(8)'s EXAMPLES
+ 4) tail(1)-ing the host file to get the next available IP
+ 5) Using all the above to generate the client.conf
+ 6) Adding the wgpeer line to /etc/hostname.wg0 and restarting the
+ prod endpoint with sh /etc/netstart
+I'll leave the exact details as an exercise for the reader to go look
+at the git repo :)
+Needless to say, this was a lot of fun to write!