Pairing-Based Onion Routing [was Re: Proposal 107]

Nick Mathewson nickm at
Sun Mar 11 05:15:04 UTC 2007

On Sat, Mar 10, 2007 at 05:59:16PM -0500, Watson Ladd wrote:
> Hello:
> Attached is a new edited and more clear version of the proposal. Still
> details to be worked out, but fewer remain. Please give some feedback.
> Unfortunately the formatting is a little too wide.

Hi, Watson.  You're not supposed to number your own proposals; there's
already a proposal 107.  Once the proposal is done being written, it
gets a number.  Till then, just refer to it by name.

My own initial thoughts are probably going to sound like a broken
record, given my reaction to the last three or four times you
suggested that we add an interesting crypto protocol to Tor: I'd be
far more comfortable if the protocol were more mature -- in this case,
if it had been published long enough to get attention from more
people.  I have the highest respect for the authors of the paper
(particular Ian Goldberg, who's on the Tor Project's board of
directors after all), but we'd be foolhardy to use _any_ approach this
new without more time for the smart crypto people to look at it.

(The original [unpublished, I believe] paper that Watson's talking
about, which AFAICT has so far only been linked to from or-talk, and
is at )

Nick Mathewson
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