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Posts tagged ‘monocultures’

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Beyond OS Diversity

297 words by gman999 written on 2015–10–28, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: bsd, geo, monocultures, statistics

TDP focuses on operating system diversification for Tor with BSD Unix. But the need for diversity is more than just operating systems. A quick browse at one of the Tor Status sites or more specifically the Network Statistics Graphs the lack of geographical diversity is disturbing. … read more

More Bananas

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

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

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

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

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

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