rPlay Is Spying On You

I had a friend recently tell me about how he was using a tool called rPlay to airplay his apple devices through his raspberry pi.  As a guy who is always looking to save $67 I decided to give it a try.

After configuring it I couldn’t get it to work and after some investigation I found an error message that rplay couldn’t connect to test.vmlite.com on port 9080. Since I practice egress filtering on my home network I wasn’t surprised that it didn’t work.

After a network reconfiguration I was now rPalying to my office TV. I was actually impressed by how well it worked.

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I was also running tcpdump port 9080 -i eth0 -w 9080.pcap at the same time to see what was so important that my raspberry pi had to talk to test.vmlite.com.

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Come to find out it was so that it could do this:

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According to the Unofficial AirPlay Protocol Specification  rPlay is basically forwarding everything you do while using rPlay to a server running off a residential DSL line in California.

I would suggest if you need to airplay you stop using rPlay and do yourself a favor and spend the $67 on an Apple TV.

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