[tor-dev] Relay diversity master thesis

Robin Descamps robin.descamps at outlook.com
Tue Aug 21 14:23:26 UTC 2018


I would like to share with you the master thesis I wrote this year on a topic concerning diversity in Tor, that I evoked earlier this year. I would like to thanks all the dev that have shared feedback with me about my thesis plan. This work may not be perfect, but could start/influence the research in the future hopefully. Here is the abstract and the access link:

Tor is the most popular anonymous communication system nowadays, that set up a excellent compromise between anonymity and performance. However, Tor is by design vulnerable to end-to-end correlation attacks. Many techniques have been and are being developed in order to mitigate these attacks. This master thesis objective is to define the utility of a new relay, and to give a measure of its contribution to the diversity of the network. This is achieved with a modified version of the TorPS , which simulate the Tor network against both relay and network adversaries. More diversity means less end-to-end correlation attacks possible by the latter. At the end, we would like the volunteers to be aware of the utility they bring to the Tor network security with a certain relay configuration.



Robin Descamps

Le 22 déc. 2017 à 01:23, Robin Descamps <robin.descamps at outlook.com<mailto:robin.descamps at outlook.com>> a écrit :


I already sent this message to the metrics team, but they advice me to address it to the dev team, which seem to be more relevant.

I realise this year a master thesis, in the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, about measuring the utility brought to the Tor network diversity by adding a new relay, according to its configuration. I added to this message my master thesis plan, as well as a poster that presents a summary of the key elements.

May I ask you advices/feedback about this master thesis plan? Since I would like this project to bring a real contribution to the Tor development, I want to make sure that all the steps I will perform are useful and/or worth it.

The master thesis plan: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XEOSS29owavKJ_cJJAVaPiJe34Ez6XXx
The poster: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BlF2U-Kexyz6ihVSqvsVHv4PUsvXATc4

Robin Descamps

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