[tor-dev] Whonix's help_check_tor_bootstrap.py

Patrick Schleizer adrelanos at riseup.net
Thu May 1 16:18:26 UTC 2014

Hi Damian,

thank you for your e-mail!

That script is stable, no bug reports in a while, stem is working fine. :)

That authentication line and "password" is only in there to make stem
happy. help_check_tor_bootstrap.py/stem isn't "really" using Tor's
control port. It connects to Control Port Filter Proxy (CPFP) [1], which
does the real authentication. CPFP - a whitelisting proxy - accepts any
password, authenticates to Tor using cookie and filters out potentially
dangerous (for anonymity) commands (such as getinfo address).


[1] https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Dev/CPFP

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