Obfsproxy Bridges in the Amazon Cloud

by Runa | September 26, 2012

The Tor Cloud images for all the seven regions have been updated to fix a bug found in the unattended-upgrades configuration. The normal bridge images have also been updated to include obfsproxy, which attempts to help users circumvent censorship by transforming the Tor traffic between the client and the bridge.

If you are already running a Tor Cloud bridge, you will need to either manually update your image, or set up a new Tor Cloud bridge and terminate the old one. If you decide not to take action, your image will fail to upgrade Tor correctly and will not be running as a bridge.

If you just want to fix the bug in the unattended-upgrades configuration, do the following; log on with SSH and edit /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades to say precise instead of lucid.


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September 26, 2012


could you fix the css3 media properties bug in tbb

inner screen size is shown

mike perry marked the bug as fixed but its not

the browser doesnt send only five values like its supposed to

not sending at all would be best

please make this an option

September 30, 2012


So when I terminate the tor cloud bridge and go to set up a new one the old one is still there. The option is to launch it or a new one. This being the second up date since I started the tor cloud there are now 3.

So do you just start a new one and end up with who knows how many or can the old ones actually be deleted. And please answer for the layman.


September 30, 2012


Please tell me this will be disabled in future TBB versions:

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  2. <i>Mozilla announces Firefox Health Report, will phone home with data to improve the browser</i></p>
  3. <p><a href="http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/09/22/mozilla-announces-firefox-health-report-will-phone-home-data-improve-browser/
  4. &#10" rel="nofollow">http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/09/22/mozilla-announces-firefox-health-…</a>; 22nd September 2012 by Emil Protalinski</p>
  5. <p> Mozilla today announced Firefox Health Report (FHR), a new feature that sends data back to the company in order to help them “build a more excellent browser.” In addition to improving and prioritizing development, Mozilla also says FHR will “help us improve performance, fix problems and let users see how their browsing experience compares against other instances of Firefox.” The feature is coming to the nightly build of Firefox, which means it will eventually hit the stable version of the browser, likely in Firefox 19 or maybe even Firefox 20.</p>
  6. <p> Mozilla says it can currently only count on very basic information to allow limited cross-tabulations of Firefox installations, and doesn’t have the ability to assess any longitudinal trends. In other words, the organization wants more data. Enter FHR.</p>
  7. <p> So what exactly will FHR share with its creator? Mozilla says these four types:</p>
  8. <p> Configuration data (such as device hardware, operating system, and Firefox version). Customizations data (such as add-ons, count, and type). Performance data (such as timing of browser events, rendering, and session restores). Wear and Tear data (such as length of session, how old a profile is, and count of crashes).</p>
  9. <p> If privacy bells aren’t ringing in your head, they should be. That’s still a work in progress (which makes sense given that FHR isn’t anywhere near ready yet), according to the FHR FAQ:</p>
  10. <p> We believe that Mozilla’s approach to FHR, which was created in consultation with our community, is a great model for balancing a user centric feature with user privacy. FHR is designed to avoid keeping a long-running record of data correlated to a particular browser. Because FHR makes it clear what information is collected, makes the information directly visible within Firefox, explains why this data is important and provides users with complete control over deleting their own data, we hope to establish new best practices that can be followed by other developers and our competitors.</p>
  11. <p> Again, Mozilla says there will be great benefits to collecting this data: user insights exhibited on-board the browser instance through visualizations and comparative graphics, as well as product insights conveyed to Mozilla to help in improving existing browser instances and informing future design and development of Firefox.</p>
  12. <p> We’ll keep you updated as we learn more."<br />