[tor-dev] Putting onion services behind a third-party TCP proxy

teor teor at riseup.net
Wed Aug 14 23:22:39 UTC 2019


> On 15 Aug 2019, at 05:10, Pop Chunhapanya <pop at cloudflare.com> wrote:
> When deploying an onion service, I noticed some problem that the ip address of my machine that runs tor daemon is exposed to the Tor network which is vulnerable to the DDoS attack if someone knows my ip address.

You can reject all inbound connections to your onion service using a simple firewall rule. Onion services are tor clients: they only make outbound connections.

> So I'm thinking putting the tor daemon behind some third party TCP proxy that will protect me from this kind of DDoS attack.
> What do you think if I want to implement a feature that forward all the onion service traffic to the TCP proxy before going to the Tor network?
> The protocol that I'm thinking is TCP Proxy Protocol [1]
> [1] https://www.haproxy.org/download/1.8/doc/proxy-protocol.txt

You could try the existing HTTPSProxy torrc option?

HTTPSProxy host[:port]
Tor will make all its OR (SSL) connections through this host:port (or host:443 if port is not specified), via HTTP CONNECT rather than connecting directly to servers. You may want to set FascistFirewall to restrict the set of ports you might try to connect to, if your HTTPS proxy only allows connecting to certain ports.

Tor also allows an intelligent firewall to filter circuits using a field in haproxy protocol format, see HiddenServiceExportCircuitID for details. But you probably won't need this advanced feature.


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