[tor-bugs] #32623 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Tor Browser should support ENS

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Wed Dec 4 20:47:19 UTC 2019

#32623: Tor Browser should support ENS
 Reporter:  bryguy                    |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  enhancement               |         Status:  needs_information
 Priority:  Medium                    |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                    |     Resolution:
 Keywords:                            |  Actual Points:
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 Reviewer:                            |        Sponsor:  Sponsor27-can

Comment (by bryguy):

 Thanks @asn

 I may misunderstand, but the concern about a "backdoor" may really be a
 question about decentralized ownership of a blockchain resource - in this
 case ownership of the root domain ".eth". So instead of control by one
 IANA in DNS, the ENS service is owned by 7 Ethereum devs - if that is
 indeed the case, sorry I am not an expert.

 The code for the smart contracts as deployed on mainnet seems legit. Only
 the owner of a node can update it - no backdoor I can see.

 ENS seems to have some advantages to DNS, albeit with the risks cited in
 the ticket about ENS and Ethereum and this being relatively new. I doubt
 ENS could turn evil - they will have competition. Ethereum crashing
 doubtful too.

 Hope TorBrowser considers this idea further. Cheers mates.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/32623#comment:5>
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