November 2011 Progress Report

by phobos | December 13, 2011

The progress report for November 2011 is released as pdf and plaintext documents. Highlights include progress on the new Tor Check, Tor Bulk Exitlist, global media hits, Tor Cloud launch, and three new proposals to improve Tor Bridge Relay functionality in difficult environments.


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December 13, 2011


TBB/Linux 2.2.34-3 error: *Qt: Session management error: None of the authentication protocols specified are supported*

- Info:
* TBB/Linux version: tor-browser-gnu-linux-i686-2.2.34-3-dev-en-US.tar.gz
* TBB/Linux version security status: verified gpg sig as good
* TBB/Linux obtained from: Official Tor homepage
* Desktop flavor: Gnome / Version: 2.32.1 / Distributor: Ubuntu / Build Date: 04/14/2011
* Linux version: Ubuntu 11.10 / oneiric
* Kernel version: 3.0.0-14-generic #23-Ubuntu SMP Mon Nov 21 20:34:47 UTC 2011
* Methods of executions tried: Terminal and double clicking from within Nautilus
* Method of extraction/run environment: extracted tar.gz to home directory of a limited user,
ran within the folder: tor-browser_en-US

While Vidalia/Tor both launch and run, I receive this error when running start-tor-browser from within a Terminal or double clicking from within Nautilus:

==> Qt: Session management error: None of the authentication protocols specified are supported <==

I'm not alone. Here is a sampling of others encountering this bug with no clearly
defined resolution. For some, their Tor does not function when they receive this
error, while mine does. I wonder what accounts for the difference in experiences
with this bug.


Am I missing certain Qt libs? Is this a PATH error? Is it Aurora causing this
error? What does this message indicate and how does it, if at all, effect my
Vidalia/Tor session(s)? I cannot spot any visible malfunction but this error persists with each launch.

In addition, when TBB/Linux is launched, another user appears. When I execute the
command, "w", it shows another user in numerical output but not in name
or any other details. All commands to identify and pin down this mysterious guest
fail to identify the source. Granted, I'm running Ubuntu 11.10, which in my opinion
is [one of the] the most buggiest versions I've ever played with.

One post on a mailing list (possibly referenced above in one of the links) contained
a dev request to run Tor with debug, which the user did, but the bug remains.

Thank you for TBB/Linux, let's find the cause of this bug and correct it.

December 14, 2011


I notice that the monthly report does not give a status report on the Torouter project.

Would it be possible to include that in the monthly Tor Progress reports?

December 14, 2011


is chatting on Omegle safe with Tor Browser? Omegle uses Javascript but no flash required. Will it reveal my IP address ever, if I chat there in text mode?

Website im talking about:

December 16, 2011


Tor Cloud is a nice idea. Anyway, Amazon EC2 couldn't be the right place to host something like Tor. There're two interesting lectures:
"Amazon, the Company That Ate the World" by Brad Stone [1] and "Fetishism of Digital Commodities and Hidden Exploitation: the cases of Amazon and Apple" by Wu Ming [2].

IPv6 and the embedded devices are the right answer in long run.