There are reports of a sudden increase in the blocking of Shadowsocks servers accessed from China. It sounds like it begain, suddenly and noticeably, on September 16 or September 17. From what I can gather, servers are getting blocked (by IP address) within about 30 minutes of being connected to from China—but I don’t know if that’s consistent across all servers, only some of them, or what. I don’t really know any specifics.
There are some threads on Reddit /r/shadowsocks:
- 2019-09-21 PSA: Vultr confirms “almost if not all servers blocked in China”
- 2019-09-29 Shadowsocks protocol is being detected and blocked in China.
The shadowsocks-windows issue tracker also may have some discussion, but it’s mostly in Chinese and harder for me to judge.
- 2019-10-07 No Network in Shadowsocks, long time…
I was so happy with Shadowsocks until the end of September. I live and work in China and saw Netflix. Nothing works anymore …
Here’s a post about a SOCKS proxy service mentioning increased blocking:
- 2019-09-24 Just My Socks 已默认启用 aes-256-gcm 加密
Due to the National Day the GFW is currently very aggressive. To mitigate this, we are testing multiple approaches, and we are disabling certain features on servers 2-5.
Are any other protocols or circumvention systems being affected, besides Shadowsocks? I looked at the recent Tor metrics from China and I don’t see anything significant on September 16. But the number of users of obfs4, which is the pluggable transport most similar to Shadowsocks, was already close to 0, so it’s hard to say whether anything changed.