[tor-dev] GSoC: Tor Messenger CONIKS integration
ml at tnull.de
Sat Mar 5 16:25:52 UTC 2016
Hello nice people of the Tor project!
I'm very interested in using the Google Summer of Code stipend to
integrate the CONIKS key verification protocol into Tor Messenger.
So I wanted to say 'Hi!' and introduce myself: I'm a computer science
student at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in Berlin, Germany. The main
focus of my studies lies on security, computer networks (such as the
peer-to-peer ones) and privacy enhancing technologies.
In the last years I mostly worked with C/C++, but these days I'm
learning erlang – mostly for its benefits in concurrent & network
scalable programming, but also to learn 'something different'.
This brings me to some questions regarding the project:
If I understand correctly (after reading , there are three parts
which should get implemented in course of the project:
- A server component which stores the tamper-resistant database and
would be run by the identity providers.
- An auditor module which tracks the states of the server and publishes
its view, so users can check that theirs is consistent with it.
Concerning the two first parts: What would be the requirements
and C as required languages, but would you also consider a server
component written in erlang? I could do that in C/C++, but since I'm
experimenting with erlang I thought I'd ask, especially, because I could
imagine that the auditor functionality could be implemented into a XMPP
server such as ejabberd or prosody.
So, while the CONIKS provider would be more or less centralised for Tor
Messenger, third parties like the XMPP server hosters could act as
auditors by just loading up a plugin for their XMPP server. This Idea is
based on the Q&A found in the ticket . Do you think this would be a
viable idea to roll out the auditor software?
This should be it for my first questions. I'll study the CONIKS paper
more in depth in the next days and will come back at you if more
questions come up concerning the project idea – if that's okay with
Elias Rohrer / _tnull @ irc
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