[tor-dev] Your 'Relay Web Status Panel' GSoC idea

meejah meejah at meejah.ca
Fri Feb 7 06:14:45 UTC 2014

Karsten Loesing <karsten at torproject.org> writes:

> And question number two: why not make this a "relay and *client* web
> status and control panel"?  In the Torouter case, people might want to
> use their tor only as a client to route all their connections through
> tor.

I had suggested something pretty similar (as a replacement for Vidalia,
for example) quite a while ago (on IRC only maybe?) and several people
thought it was a completely horrible idea (e.g. "that'll NEVER happen")
mostly on the grounds of what Damian pointed out already (cross-protocol
attacks, bigger attack surface) plus fears like getting people used to
looking at "a web thing" to control Tor means fake "web things" get
easier to attack them with, ...

Aren't these concerns valid for the relay cases and for a "client"
(tor-router) sort of thing as well?

If not, or if tor-dev thinks this *could* be made to work (securely), I
could potentially dig out the proof-of-concept I had for anyone who wanted
a starting-point to tackle this (with txtorcon + Twisted of course, plus
d3.js for realtime bandwidth graphs plus some comet/ajax thing I forget
right now).


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