For what it's worth, I've written an AOL relay demon that is freely
available for the asking. AOL is just using a single outbound TCP
channel, so it's not complicated. The demon logs connections,
forces connections to AOL (only), and runs as "nobody" (or anybody
else you like) under inetd.
>From: Doug Ayen <ayen @
>Date: Tue, 27 Feb 1996 16:29:58 -0500 (EST)
>Subject: Proxy-server for AOL client???
>I am expecting that the answer to this question will be a firm "no", has
>anyone out there heard of a way of setting up a proxy server so that the
>AOL client on a users machine can use tcp/ip through a firewall to reach AOL?
>Just trying to avoid having to let anything through the firewall directly...