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689 words in 2 posts (out of 50 total) between 2017–09–06 and 2017–09–27 (3 weeks)
519 words by gman999 written on 2017–09–06, last edit: 2017–10–10, tags: meetconf, monocultures, tor
The disturbing picture of the Tor bridge operating system monoculture should frighten everyone.
No exaggeration intended but when only one operating system kernel is responsible for the vast majority of censored traffic entering the Tor network alarm bells should sound. … read more
170 words by attila written on 2017–09–27, last edit: 2017–10–10, tags: openbsd, ports, tbb, tor-browser
Tor Browser 7. .5 was committed yesterday into OpenBSD’s -current ports. It hasn’t show up as a package yet but should soon.
At the moment the i386 port is building from an updated ports tree. Usually if a port compiles correctly on amd64 it compiles fine … read more
5905 words in 18 posts (out of 50 total) between 2016–10–25 and 2017–10–03 (49 weeks)
158 words by gman999 written on 2017–10–03, last edit: 2017–10–10, tags: freebsd, netbsd, openbsd, pkgsrc, pt, tbb, tor
obfs4proxy is the most common pluggable transport offered by Tor to evade censorship.
obfs4proxy wasn’t in any of the BSD port systems until now.
net/obfs4proxy is now in the -current OpenBSD ports tree and will be in the 6.2 -stable release ports for November 1 … read more
395 words by gman999 written on 2017–08–27, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: openbsd, ports, tbb, tor-browser
Earlier today Tor Browser 7. .4 was committed to OpenBSD’s -current ports.
On some levels it’s a non-spectacular event. We build the packages test those packages rebuild retest and then Attila submits the diff to OpenBSD’s ports list. Sometimes I retest from source or packages … read more
467 words by gman999 written on 2017–08–08, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: freebsd, openbsd, pt, tbb, tor
UPDATE 2 17 81 : both ports are ready for more testing and the OpenBSD obfs4 and the two dependencies were submitted for the ports system.
UPDATE 2 17 8 9: as per Yawning’s ticket we’re in the process of updating and testing both ports. … read more
325 words by gman999 written on 2017–08–04, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: bananas, monocultures
Bananas are a recurring topic for TDP. Not because we are particularly strong fans of them but because the news stories about the Cavendish banana monoculture just don’t stop. Understanding the pitfalls of monocultures in the Tor network is easy enough on some … read more
62 words by attila written on 2017–06–30, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: monocultures, statistics, tor
Preliminary work on switching over to OnionOO’s JSON data for the Tor network is completed. We just put up a repository with some scripts and sample output: tdp-onion-stats. It is a work in progress but is good enough to replace our old … read more
493 words by gman999 written on 2017–06–27, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: bsd, vps
One of TDP’s recent projects is accumulating a list of virtual private server services VPS that provide a BSD option.
VPS’s are generally inexpensive services that enable the user to only concern themselves with software configuration and not be bothered … read more
103 words by gman999 written on 2017–06–26, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: bsd, buildbot, testing, tor
Christian S.’s Tor BSD Buildbot needs attention again. His Buildbot is a vital tool for Tor core developers to test the Tor development branch on the various BSDs and hardware platforms.
The new .9.5 Buildbot software includes a number of noteworthy … read more
1265 words by egypcio written on 2017–04–15, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: meetconf, tor
Thank you Honestly there is no way to start this post. Thank you all It was an amazing experience and I not just hope to do it again and again but also hope to share with others what I learned during … read more
416 words by gman999 written on 2017–04–03, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: android, monocultures, os
The central focus of TDP is operating system diversity by extending BSD Unix into the Tor network on all levels. From BSD relays to Tor Browser ported to OpenBSD TDP looks to hinder the capability of one operating system-specific vulnerability to harm the … read more
312 words by gman999 written on 2017–04–01, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: operator, relay, statistics, tor
Everyone who contributes to open source projects is driven by some combination of motives. For Tor relay operators simply taking an occasional glance at the connection statistics should be sufficient.
Only in its second full day of operation OpenBSDBBB the new TDP relay running OpenBSD on a teeny-weeny BeagleBone … read more
387 words by gman999 written on 2017–03–30, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: arm, bbb, openbsd, relay, tor
The BeagleBone Black Tor relay is fully operational and according to both one of the Tor Status sites and Tor Atlas is already pushing about 1 MBps.
It’s not up on the Buildbot yet but should be once some technical glitches are resolved on our end. … read more
436 words by gman999 written on 2017–03–28, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: arm, bbb, openbsd, relay, tor
For anyone who hasn’t gotten the news x86 hardware no longer reigns supreme in server land. For years other architectures namely ARM are increasingly moving beyond esoteric or hidden purposes. ARM isn’t just for your cell phone anymore.
On that note TDP is set up a Tor relay on a a href “https://beagleboard.org/black” BeagleBone Black running OpenBSD. The OpenBSD a href “https://www.openbsd.org/armv7.html” armv7 platform covers some of the more popular armv7 hardware including the Wandboard Cubieboard not to mention other BeagleBones and the BeagleBoard. … read more
307 words by gman999 written on 2017–03–24, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: advocacy, bsd, relays
A lot of major firms use BSDs. You just aren’t probably aware of them.
From WhatsApp to Juniper and Netflix and blue-chip storage vendors like NetApp and Isilon the BSDs are quietly omnipresent.
Some use the BSDs in their infrastructure others use BSD code in their products. The liberal BSD license places negligible restrictions on the code usage but doesn’t compel firms to publicize it. … read more
62 words by gman999 written on 2017–03–17, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: meetconf, tor
For a variety of reasons only one of us will be attending the upcoming a href “https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/org/meetings/2 17Amsterdam” Tor Summit in Amsterdam. If you are attending please make sure you speak to Vinicius.
Huge thanks to a href “https://www.torservers.net/” torservers.net for the last minute support for him. Enormously appreciated. … read more
344 words by gman999 written on 2017–02–27, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: openbsd, operator, relay, tor
The question of which branch or flavor of OpenBSD to use for a Tor relay is a frequent point of mention.
OpenBSD maintains three flavors:
-release which comes out every six months as sure as the sun rises if not earlier on occasion … read more
247 words by gman999 written on 2016–12–17, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: admin, members, project
Two of us launched TDP in March 2 15. The accomplishments are substantial and the impact is significant. TDP did more than raise the PETs flag in BSD land it sparked a number of related projects and efforts.
One important player in the broad effort has been Vincius Zavam a young BSD hacker in Brazil. Introduced to PETs and Tor in particular as he was an organizer of BSDCon Brasil in 2 15 Vincius wasted no time engaging on multiple levels. … read more
63 words by attila written on 2016–11–13, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: milestones, openbsd, ports, tor-browser
It was a long haul but the Tor Browser ports were finally accepted into the OpenBSD ports tree today.
A huge thanks to landry semarie danj mmcc and all the other ports people who made this possible with their critiques … read more
63 words by gman999 written on 2016–10–25, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: bananas, monocultures
The easiest way to convey the problems with monocultures in technology is to point to a stark monoculture common to many: bananas.
The Cavendish banana is a non-reproducing variant that dominates global production and is most likely the one encountered. The Guardian published an article entitled “The banana as we know it is in imminet danger” regarding efforts to diversify banana types. … read more
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