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Feature #11884

Document using Tor bridges to work around missing entry guards

Added by Anonymous over 2 years ago. Updated over 2 years ago.

Status:
Confirmed
Priority:
Low
Assignee:
-
Category:
Tor configuration
Target version:
-
Start date:
10/20/2016
Due date:
% Done:

0%

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Type of work:
End-user documentation
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Description

consider adding the manual bridge setting as a workaround for the lack of guard nodes by advising advanced users of tails to use the manual tor configuration with chosen entry guards without compromising the amnesic nature of tails

ether in the documentation or over a gui interface within tails


Related issues

Related to Tails - Feature #11732: Make guard nodes stable across reboot Confirmed 08/26/2016
Related to Tails - Feature #8825: Provide default bridges Confirmed 01/30/2015

History

#1 Updated by intrigeri over 2 years ago

FWIW using stable bridges is already an available workaround. Granted, it's not documented.

#2 Updated by sajolida over 2 years ago

  • Priority changed from Normal to Low
  • Type of work changed from Discuss to End-user documentation
  • Starter set to Yes

We could add a tip about using bridges as replacements for entry guards
near "Tails does not use the entry guards mechanism of Tor" in
/doc/about/fingerprint.

#3 Updated by sajolida over 2 years ago

  • Subject changed from guard node workaround to Document using Tor bridges to work around missing entry guards
  • Status changed from New to Confirmed
  • Priority changed from Low to Normal
  • Type of work changed from End-user documentation to Discuss
  • Starter deleted (Yes)

#4 Updated by sajolida over 2 years ago

  • Related to Feature #11732: Make guard nodes stable across reboot added

#5 Updated by segfault over 2 years ago

Stable bridges would of course allow location tracking just like stable entry guards would, right? IIUC the only advantage is that an adversary might not know that the bridge is a Tor node, which makes it harder to track the user.

#6 Updated by intrigeri over 2 years ago

Stable bridges would of course allow location tracking just like stable entry guards would, right? IIUC the only advantage is that an adversary might not know that the bridge is a Tor node, which makes it harder to track the user.

Another advantage is that one can use bridges to workaround missing entry guards in current Tails :)

#7 Updated by emmapeel over 2 years ago

  • Category set to Tor configuration
  • Priority changed from Normal to Low
  • Type of work changed from Discuss to End-user documentation

We have discussed this ticket on the December contributors meeting
(https://tails.boum.org/contribute/meetings/201612/) and decided to give it a low prority (it would be good to have, but nobody has commited to do it yet) as we will be able to provide entry guards in some months.

The proposal makes sense, although it will be a solution only for expert users.

Also it was suggested to add the explanation to the "Confirmation attacks" on doc/about/warning, and mention the risk/benefit decision one must make about location tracking.

#8 Updated by u 9 months ago

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