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Smokescreen is a HTTP CONNECT proxy. It proxies most traffic from Stripe to the external world (e.g., webhooks).

Smokescreen restricts which URLs it connects to: it resolves each domain name that is requested and ensures that it is a publicly routable IP and not a Stripe-internal IP. This prevents a class of attacks where, for instance, our own webhooks infrastructure is used to scan Stripe's internal network.

Smokescreen also allows us to centralize egress from Stripe, allowing us to give financial partners stable egress IP addresses and abstracting away the details of which Stripe service is making the request.

Smokescreen can be contacted over TLS. You can provide it with one or more client certificate authority certificates as well as their CRLs. Smokescreen will warn you if you load a CA certificate with no associated CRL and will abort if you try to load a CRL which cannot be used (ex.: cannot be associated with loaded CA).

Smokescreen can be provided with an ACL to determine which remote hosts a service is allowed to interact with. By default, Smokescreen will identify the clients in the following manner:

client ca provided? method
yes client cert's common name
no X-Smokescreen-Role header

The client identification function can also be replaced by one of your liking. More on this in the usage section.


Smokescreen uses go modules to manage dependencies. The linked page contains documentation, but some useful commands are reproduced below:

  • Adding a dependency: go build go test go mod tidy will automatically fetch the latest version of any new dependencies. Running go mod vendor will vendor the dependency.
  • Updating a dependency: go get dep@v1.1.1 or go get dep@commit-hash will bring in specific versions of a dependency. The updated dependency should be vendored using go mod vendor.

Smokescreen uses a custom fork of goproxy to allow us to support context passing and setting granular timeouts on proxy connections.

Smokescreen is built and tested using the following Go releases. Generally, Smokescreen will only support the two most recent Go versions.

  • go1.13.x
  • go1.14.x



Here are the options you can give Smokescreen:

   --help                                     Show this help text.
   --listen-ip IP                             listen on interface with address IP.
                                                This argument is ignored when running under Einhorn. (default: any)
   --listen-port PORT                         listen on port PORT.
                                                This argument is ignored when running under Einhorn. (default: 4750)
   --timeout DURATION                         Time out after DURATION when connecting. (default: 10s)
   --proxy-protocol                           Enable PROXY protocol support.
   --deny-range RANGE                         Add RANGE(in CIDR notation) to list of blocked IP ranges.  Repeatable.
   --allow-range RANGE                        Add RANGE (in CIDR notation) to list of allowed IP ranges.  Repeatable.
   --egress-acl-file FILE                     Validate egress traffic against FILE
   --statsd-address ADDRESS                   Send metrics to statsd at ADDRESS (IP:port). (default: "")
   --tls-server-bundle-file FILE              Authenticate to clients using key and certs from FILE
   --tls-client-ca-file FILE                  Validate client certificates using Certificate Authority from FILE
   --tls-crl-file FILE                        Verify validity of client certificates against Certificate Revocation List from FILE
   --danger-allow-access-to-private-ranges    WARNING: circumvent the check preventing client to reach hosts in private networks - It will make you vulnerable to SSRF.
   --additional-error-message-on-deny MESSAGE Display MESSAGE in the HTTP response if proxying request is denied
   --disable-acl-policy-action POLICY ACTION  Disable usage of a POLICY ACTION such as "open" in the egress ACL
   --version, -v                              print the version


In order to override how Smokescreen identifies its clients, you must:

  • Create a new go project
  • Import Smokescreen
  • Create a Smokescreen configuration using cmd.NewConfiguration
  • Replace smokescreen.Config.RoleFromRequest with your own func(request *http.Request) (string, error)
  • Call smokescreen.StartWithConfig
  • Build your new project and use the resulting executable through its CLI

Here is a fictional example that would split a client certificate's OrganizationalUnit on commas and use the first particle as the service name.

package main

import (...)

func main() {
	// Here is an opportunity to pass your logger
	conf, err := cmd.NewConfiguration(nil, nil)
	if err != nil {
	if conf == nil {

	conf.RoleFromRequest = func(request *http.Request) (string, error) {
		fail := func(err error) (string, error) { return "", err }

		subject := request.TLS.PeerCertificates[0].Subject
		if len(subject.OrganizationalUnit) == 0 {
			fail(fmt.Errorf("warn: Provided cert has no 'OrganizationalUnit'. Can't extract service role."))
		return strings.SplitN(subject.OrganizationalUnit[0], ".", 2)[0], nil

	smokescreen.StartWithConfig(conf, nil)


An ACL can be described in a YAML formatted file. The ACL, at its top-level, contains a list of services as well as a default behavior.

Three policies are supported:

Policy Behavior
Open Allows all traffic for this service
Report Allows all traffic for this service and warns if client accesses a remote host which is not in the list
Enforce Only allows traffic to remote hosts provided in the list. Will warn and deny if remote host is not in the list

A host can be specified with or without a globbing prefix

host valid yes
* yes
api.* no
* no
ex* no
example.* hell no

Here is a sample ACL.

Global Allow/Deny Lists

Optionally, you may specify a global allow list and a global deny list in your ACL config.

These lists override the policy, but do not override the allowed_domains list for each role.

For example, specifying in your global_allow_list will allow traffic for that domain on that role, even if that role is set to enforce and does not specify in its allowed domains.

Similarly, specifying in your global_deny_list will deny traffic for that domain on a role, even if that role is set to report or open. However, if the host specifies in its allowed_domains, traffic to will be allowed on that role, regardless of policy.

If a domain matches both the global_allow_list and the global_deny_list, the global_deny_list behavior takes priority.

Here is a sample ACL specifying these options.


  • Aditya Mukerjee
  • Andreas Fuchs
  • Andrew Dunham
  • Andrew Metcalf
  • Aniket Joshi
  • Carl Jackson
  • Craig Shannon
  • Evan Broder
  • Marc-André Tremblay
  • Ryan Koppenhaver


A simple HTTP proxy that fogs over naughty URLs




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