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The Case of Brazil Relays

290 words by gman999 written on 2015–11–12, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: brazil, meetconf, relays, tor

Just a short note about the Brazil relays implemented after BSDCon Brasil. Before the early October conference it seems there was only one public Tor relay. After the event there are up to five or six relays maintained by two separate individuals. It’s understood that some bridges also joined the Tor network also but we don’t have any direct evidence. … read more

Coming Soon: Quick-and-Dirty Reports

109 words by gman999 written on 2015–11–08, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: statistics, tor

This week we’ll post “Quick-and-Dirty Reports ” providing diversity-related snapshots of the public Tor network. Currently the five reports are generated manually from the Tor Status CSV files but they are being migrated to SQLite in the future.

A quick sample of the current reports were posted in an earlier blog entry. … read more

It’s Up to You

242 words by gman999 written on 2015–11–03, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: buildbot, openbsd, project, tor

Since we launched TDP two of us spend a lot of time energy and resources getting the various projects designed and implemented.

But there is always room for one two three more.

It’s a perfect opportunity to start testing Tor Browser 5. .3. Fork the repository submit issues about the software. … read more


342 words by gman999 written on 2016–01–18, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: tor

If someone reasonably technical bumps into Tor for the first time eight or nine seconds later they arrive at the concept of some type of Tor device that automagically routes all local network traffic through the Tor network.

Great idea. The fact that so many imagine such a concept certainly means something. … read more

The Buildbot Needs BSD Relays

350 words by gman999 written on 2016–08–18, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: bsd, buildbot, tor

One of the small yet important projects spawning from this Tor-BSD meme is Christian S.’s BSD Buildbot. Essentially it’s a tool for development builds of Tor for the Tor Project with volunteers enlisting their BSD relays.

Recently its relevance was reinforced due to some libevent issues with OpenBSD and Tor. The OpenBSD base includes libevent and libevent2 is a dependency port LIB_DEPENDS for the Tor port. Tor Project Trac tickets include 199 2 and 199 4. … read more

Replying to Tor Blog Comments

1505 words by gman999 written on 2016–08–05, last edit: 2016–08–05, tags: opinions, tor

The last Tor blog post on Tor .2.8.8 is released with important fixes prompted a flurry of comments regarding the BSDs and the Tor Project.

An important part of the Tor .2.8.8 release was a fix for bug 2 1 3 discovered by TDP. Tor on OpenBSD was crashing with OpenBSD relays running .2.8.7 as the first hop. Gman999 first encountered the crashes while testing new TBB packages. Attila did the heavy lifting and reported it to the TP’s Trac. … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Onionshare: patches and ports

62 words by attila written on 2018–02–24, last edit: 2018–04–20, 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

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