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581 words in 2 posts (out of 51 total) between 2017–09–06 and 2018–02–24 (24 weeks, 3 days)

Onionshare: patches and ports

62 words by attila written on 2018–02–24, last edit: 2018–02–24, tags: freebsd, onionshare, openbsd, porting, tor

OnionShare has been on our radar for a while and we’ve finally made some progress:

  1. After two tries we got our patches upstream
  2. Several rounds of criticism on the ports mailing list have resulted in a working port you can check out our … read more

A BSD-focused Tor Bridge Installfest

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

Recent Posts

6012 words in 18 posts (out of 51 total) between 2016–11–13 and 2017–10–03 (46 weeks, 1 day)

obfs4proxy is Everywhere

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

Tor Browser 7.0.5 in OpenBSD -current ports

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

Tor Browser 7.0.4 in OpenBSD -current ports

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

Testing obfs4proxy on FreeBSD and OpenBSD

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

Getting Sick

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

OnionOO/JSON-Based Statistics Reports

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

BSD VPS Providers Needed

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

Back to the Buildbot

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

Tor Summit 2017 in Amsterdam

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

Android Overtaking Windows and OS Diversity

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

What Motivates You to Run a Tor Relay?

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

BeagleBone Online and Busy

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

Tor Relay on a BeagleBone Black Running OpenBSD -current

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 “” BeagleBone Black running OpenBSD. The OpenBSD a href “” armv7 platform covers some of the more popular armv7 hardware including the Wandboard Cubieboard not to mention other BeagleBones and the BeagleBoard. … read more

Calling All BSD Firms

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

March in Amsterdam

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 “ 17Amsterdam” Tor Summit in Amsterdam. If you are attending please make sure you speak to Vinicius.

Huge thanks to a href “” for the last minute support for him. Enormously appreciated. … read more

Running OpenBSD -current for Tor Relays?

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

Welcome Aboard, Vinicius

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

In The Tree

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

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