[tor-bugs] #23641 [Core Tor/Tor]: prop224: Fake client auth lines do not actually provide obfuscation

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#23641: prop224: Fake client auth lines do not actually provide obfuscation
     Reporter:  asn           |      Owner:  (none)
         Type:  defect        |     Status:  new
     Priority:  Medium        |  Milestone:  Tor: 0.3.2.x-final
    Component:  Core Tor/Tor  |    Version:  Tor:
     Severity:  Normal        |   Keywords:  prop224 tor-hs
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 prop224 spec says:
    If client auth is disabled, fake data is placed in each of the fields
    to obfuscate whether client authorization is enabled.
       When client authorization is enabled, each "auth-client" line
       the descriptor cookie encrypted to each individual client. We assume
       each authorized client possesses a pre-shared x25519 keypair which
       used to decrypt the descriptor cookie.

 However, after second thinking, those fake client auth lines don't
 actually confuse the adversaries we care about:

 a) HSDir adversary with no onion address: This adversary does not learn
 whether client auth is enabled because of the desc padding anyway.

 b) HSDir adversary with onion address: This adversary can decrypt the
 first desc layer, and then attempt to decrypt the second layer with no
 client auth info. If second layer decrypts, there is no client auth. If
 decryption fails, client auth is enabled.

 Hence for both adversaries (a) and (b), the fact that we add fake client
 auth lines does not matter. Perhaps we could rip that feature out
 (`get_fake_auth_client_str()` etc.)

 The annoying thing here is that currently we actually ''require'' client
 auth lines since: `T1N(str_desc_auth_client, R3_DESC_AUTH_CLIENT, GE(3),

 As a first step here it might be a good idea to change the `T1N()` to
 `T0N()` and make sure that everything run ssmoothly when no client auth
 lines are provided.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/23641>
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