Combined flash proxy + pyobfsproxy browser bundles

Please help us test new experimental bundles that have flash proxy and pyobfsproxy enabled by default.

Flash proxy is a transport that uses proxies running in web browsers as access points into Tor. pyobfsproxy is a Python implementation of the obfsproxy modular transport that makes network traffic look unlike normal Tor traffic. Both of these technologies make it harder to block access to Tor. If you previously used the obfsproxy bundle, please upgrade to this bundle, which in addition to flash proxy has new obfsproxy bridges.

Flash proxy works differently than other pluggable transports, and you need to take extra steps to make it work. In particular, you will probably need to configure port forwarding in order to receive connections from browser proxies. There are instructions and hints on how to do that at this page: flash proxy howto.

These bundles contain fresh obfs2 bridge addresses, which may work for you if the bridges in the obfsproxy bundle are blocked. The bundles also includes an experimental obfs3 bridge—obfs3 is a new protocol designed to be harder to identify than the previous obfs2. If even these new bridges become blocked, you can find your own obfs2 bridges.

We are looking for feedback on how the bundles work. Please leave comments on the flash proxy usability wiki page or ticket #7824 with your experience, good or bad.

There are other ways you can help beyond testing the bundles. One is to run a bridge with pyobfsproxy. Another is to put the flash proxy badge on your web site or blog, or add it to your Wikipedia profile. If you want your browser to continue to be a proxy after a switch to an opt-in model, click the “Yes” button on the options page.

Anonymous

January 16, 2013

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It works, great! even with lower latency than tor-bundle (for google services)

here (Iran), in some days we have problem in tor bandwidth. repeatedly drop to zero and Tor Bandwidth Usage seems like denticulate! graph. Its really tedious

Anonymous

January 17, 2013

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Two questions/concerns with flash proxy:

1. Is it not trivially easy for a censor to block the facilitator? It seems that this is no more robust against censorship than the current bridge method.

2. Defaulting to opt-out is risky, legally and ethically. We are in essence turning unsuspecting web users into proxies without their knowledge or consent. How is this ok?

Indeed. I also have some concerns regarding the opt-out / opt-in 'default' for the FlashProxy badges.

However, I've started to implement dedicated FlashProxy badge pages on some of my domains... cookierequired parameter = Yes for now though.

See: http://proxy.primeoptic.net/flashproxy.php as an example.

I'm testing a simple html meta tag auto page refresh time of 15 mins currently. As the developer thought that it would be interesting. Apparently the 'default' is set to 1 day.

...

I guess that the xeronet Torrc might become increasingly more useful for some Tor Browser Bundle users...

If its going to be 'slower' overall to reach the Tor network via FlashProxy / obfsproxy etc. Then it might be considered beneficial to some Tor users if the network is 'faster' once it is reached, despite it being suggested that our 'default' config. does carry the risk of an increased 'fingerprint' for Tor users.

I've started testing our own config. as it will be interesting to apply a percentage figure on that perceived 'risk' vs 'performance'...

See: http://xeronet.primeoptic.net/tor/torrc.php

(https using a 4096 bit CAcert.org SSL Cert. on most xeronet domains)

Support was added for this. If you send an empty mail to gettor you will get the new list of commands that also include obfsproxy. For example, "obfs-windows" will get you the obfsproxy TBB for windows.

Anonymous

January 18, 2013

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Following a few days of slow work, tor is stopped working in Iran. It could be another "governmental attempt" to the access of Iranians to internet.
From the logs... bootstrapped is not going far than 25%

Anonymous

January 19, 2013

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hi.i am from iran.it word better than other normal bundle but like this error message is appear
Jan 19 15:09:17.120 [Warning] Proxy Client: unable to connect to 208.79.90.242:55564 ("server rejected connection")

Anonymous

January 22, 2013

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hi again.i am from iran!.some relay in network maps is from iran!it is secure or is a trap?!please check and tell us if possible.thanks

Anonymous

January 22, 2013

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I've tried latest versions of tor browser bundle and obfs, but both of them are not working anymore in Iran. SAD, SAD, SAD
All of the experts out here! please find a solution !!

Anonymous

January 24, 2013

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hi again.i reported some iranian relay on the tor network
you do not publish my comment and i guess it is for security reason.

now i will send you the details of this relays that i can see here:
some relay have a fake name torland1 .this is secure for use or it is a trap to monitor our traffic that is directed from their relays?!

****

TorLand1 (Online)
Location: Iran
IP Address: 2.190.53.135
Bandwidth: 7.00 KB/s
Uptime: 13 hours 4 mins 38 secs
Last Updated: 2013-01-24 09:37:07 GMT

Unnamed (Online)
Location: Iran
IP Address: 37.255.53.94
Bandwidth: 0 B/s
Uptime: 10 hours 58 mins 9 secs
Last Updated: 2013-01-24 11:39:18 GMT

hp4530ipc (Online)
Location: Iran
IP Address: 178.157.41.99
Bandwidth: 4.00 KB/s
Uptime: 11 hours 3 mins 44 secs
Last Updated: 2013-01-24 11:37:26 GMT

Unnamed (Online)
Location: Iran
IP Address: 178.251.214.97
Bandwidth: 8.00 KB/s
Uptime: 11 hours 25 mins 27 secs
Last Updated: 2013-01-24 11:17:00 GMT

default (Online)
Location: Iran
IP Address: 2.178.85.226
Bandwidth: 11.00 KB/s
Uptime: 10 hours 59 mins 14 secs
Last Updated: 2013-01-24 11:43:44 GMT

OrbotRelay (Online)
Location: Iran
IP Address: 94.139.185.72
Bandwidth: 20.00 KB/s
Uptime: 11 hours 58 mins 33 secs
Last Updated: 2013-01-24 10:45:31 GMT

OrbotRelay (Online)
Location: India
IP Address: 223.190.134.217
Bandwidth: 20.00 KB/s
Uptime: 11 hours 18 mins 13 secs
Last Updated: 2013-01-24 11:26:03 GMT

Anonymous

January 25, 2013

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I dont know where to post this but there's a serious problem with it.wikipedia.org and net neutrality:

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Richieste_agli_amministratori/g…

It appears that if i connect through Tor to that some page i modified on the italian wikipedia those changes are not visible when i load that pages via Tor (or other browsers) i only get the older versions but if i click on modify/view_source of the wiki page i can see that the source of that wiki article contains the changes.

still the "this page was last modified on " message shows the _previous_ version and the wiki article is not showing me the _real_ article but the one of the previous version.

Is there some kind of DPI implemented in Italy that make users think to be changing the wiki pages when instead the pages are never changed? or is it a wikipedia server problem?

I also noticed that if i use plain firefox and then change the page contents when i'm logged using my registered username i can then see the article updated. But if i get a new ip (reset my internet connection) and then visit the page via elinks (on linux) _without_ doing the login (aka anonymous) i dont see the page changed, i see only the previous version.

It's like when i login on wikipedia Italia the net 'sees' that i'm me and so it shows me "my version of the page" .

It also seems like the User Agent (of my normal firefox ) trigger this change (UA + my IP network identifies me).

Am i the only one experiencing similar problem? is this part of some government filter in Italy ?

thanks
OccupyTheFactories (wikipedia italia user)

Anonymous

January 26, 2013

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hi i m very problem for installing flashplayer on tor ? so plz tell me easy way to install flashplayer on tor

Anonymous

January 27, 2013

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I am user in China, my internet connections is ASDL+router.
Even after configuring port forwarding, the flashproxy does not work, it stops at parsing GEOip.
I have to use ofbs2 proxy and delete "ClientTransportPlugin websocket exec flashproxy-client --register :0 :9000".

Anonymous

January 27, 2013

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It has any effect in china since 28,Jan.
In message log:
[Notice] Bootstrapped 10%: Finishing handshake with directory server.

Anonymous

January 27, 2013

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Tor Obfsproxy Browser(2.4.7-alpha-1 ) may has lost effectiveness in china since 27,Jan. it cannot be in use to change the obfsproxy.

see the log:
[Notice] Bootstrapped 10%: Finishing handshake with directory server.

Anonymous

February 04, 2013

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[Warning] We were supposed to connect to bridge 'an IPv6 address comes from bridges.torproject.org' using pluggable transport 'bridge', but we can't find a pluggable transport proxy supporting 'bridge'. This can happen if you haven't provided a ClientTransportPlugin line, or if your pluggable transport proxy stopped running.

what happened, I have set up my torrc file to ClientTransportPlugin websocket exec flashproxy-client --register :0 :9000 -6, what is wrong?

Anonymous

February 05, 2013

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It cannot even get started in the UAE. It stops at binding GEOIP and remains there.

Anonymous

February 10, 2013

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Important note for Win xp users who have had difficulty running this package. Usually freezing at --> [Notice] Parsing GEOIP IPv4 file .\Data\Tor\geoip.
Goto control panel\Add or Remove Programs\Add/Remove windows programs making sure Network services is ticked. Select details making sure UPnP User interface is ticked. Tick and Install if necessary........
After several xp installs i have noticed this not enabled by default?
Many thks excellent package hope this helps.

Anonymous

February 17, 2013

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"Goto control panel\Add or Remove Programs\Add/Remove windows programs making sure Network services is ticked. Select details making sure UPnP User interface is ticked. Tick and Install if necessary........"

This hasn't resolved the issue for me, Tor still gets as far as reporting that it is Parsing GEOIP IPv4 file but goes no further. The control panel itself has not frozen, it is still responding to user interaction and I can stop and restart Tor - though the status shows as "Starting" indefinately.

Is it an issue with that file or process, or has that stage completed and it is the next step in the process that is causing the problem?

I'm trying Tor v0.2.4.7-alpha (git-e46e1ed1bc50ad24) running on Windows XP with Libevent 2.0.21-stable and OpenSSL 1.0.1c.

OS is XP Pro SP 3.

I was running the previous version of the Tor-obfs bundle without an issue. I made the noob mistake if deleting the old folder and replacing it with this, instead of giving myself a way to rollback!

Anonymous

February 18, 2013

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Thanks.. Thanks.. Thanks.. guyz, I am v. grateful to the Tor Team, especially the flash proxy. Guess I was looking for something like this for a long time.

Can I make a request?? Could you look into incorporating torrent support in the future?? It would be the ultimate Pkg - Anon encrypted Proxy
-> BROWSER (WITH FLASH) + MAIL (TorBirdy) + TORRENT CLIENT...

Come on, Tor <==> Torrents??

Anonymous

February 18, 2013

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Sorry to be a killjoy and a spoilsport, but the "obfsproxy.exe" file is nothing but a CONFIRMED TROJAN... For those of you who do not wish to believe it or find this funny, please go here:

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/b9c9357a2923520fbcecd1044e0aa58a323d…

OR scan obfsproxy.exe with any of the following antivirus tools: McAfee Stinger, Trend Micro Housecall, Antiy-AVL, TheHacker or VBA32.

So much for FREE ANONYMITY... LONG LIVE FREEDOM

Hi,

thanks for the report.

We investigated this report and found out that all Python tools (obfsproxy.exe, flashproxy-client.exe, etc.) in the latest bundles raise antivirus flags. This hinted that something is wrong with pyinstaller (the tool we use to create .exe out of Python scripts). We proceeded by preparing a Python "hello world" program, transforming it into an .exe using pyinstaller, and passing it to virustotal: Virustotal found the exact same viruses it found in obfsproxy.exe.

That meant that something weird is going on with pyinstaller. If you google for "pyinstaller swrort" ('swrort' is the name of the virus reported by some antiviruses), you will find many developers wondering the same thing.

After some more googling, we found a bug report in the pyinstaller bug tracker (www.pyinstaller.org/ticket/603) where the pyinstaller developers are also curious on why this is happening. They decided that the bootloader they selected for their .exe is getting flagged as a virus and they still don't know why (www.pyinstaller.org/ticket/671).

Yesterday they fixed the issue in their latest development branch (https://github.com/pyinstaller/pyinstaller/pull/38). As soon as there is a new pyinstaller release, we should create new python executables and release new bundles.

Thanks for your detailed reply. Was a little worried at the delay... Waiting for the subsequent versions of py exe's, in the meanwhile wondering whether the TOR-flash-proxy fairy-tale was just that... Too good to be true...

Anonymous

February 19, 2013

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This is known that money can make people independent. But how to act when somebody does not have cash? The only one way is to get the loans or just financial loan.

Anonymous

February 19, 2013

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hi.there is any new security upgrade for this version? i see the warning when tor started! but after i enter the download section i do not see any new update.
it is a fake message or Iranian govern to ??

Anonymous

February 19, 2013

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What anonymity and what freedom, when even comments / posts need to be whetted, analyzed, moderated and then approved.

Anonymous

February 21, 2013

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In China, I tested flashproxy in XP sp3 and WIN7 network environment of ADSL+router.
Flashproxy can fetch new bridge in WIN7, but the new bridge is very slow.
In XP sp3, flshproxy can not work. In task manager, flashproxy-client.exe appears for only seconds, flashproxy-reg-email.exe and flashproxy-reg-http.exe never appear.

I wonder if any uPNP configuration problem happens in my XP sp3 system.

Anonymous

February 23, 2013

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Not working in XP SP3. Even with UPnP ticked. Freezed @ [Notice] Parsing GEOIP IPv4 file .\Data\Tor\geoip. Windows firewall blocks flashproxy-client.exe and even after unblocking, it does not appear in task manager and tor status freezes just on showing "Starting".I guess there is some bug with win xp and windows firewall.

Anonymous

February 25, 2013

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hi dear
the new version that u call "tor-flashproxy-pyobfsproxy-browser-2.4.7-alpha-1_en-US" does not work in iran or maybe just me. But the version " tor-obfsproxy-browser-2.4.7-alpha-1_en-US " work correctly. plz help maybe new version have problem with firewall
best reg
ladan