[tor-project] Remove mercurius4 obfs4 bridge from Tor Browser?

Tom van der Woerdt info at tvdw.eu
Fri Aug 5 09:39:27 UTC 2016

> On 05 Aug 2016, at 03:27, isis agora lovecruft <isis at torproject.org> wrote:
> David Fifield transcribed 2.8K bytes:
>>> On Thu, Aug 04, 2016 at 06:53:32PM -0400, David Goulet wrote:
>>>> On 04 Aug (22:51:32), isis agora lovecruft wrote:
>>>> David Fifield transcribed 1.8K bytes:
>>>>>> On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 08:42:30PM -0400, David Goulet wrote:
>>>>>>> On 18 Jul (17:36:54), David Fifield wrote:
>>>>>>> According to my and Lynn Tsai's bridge reachability measurements, the
>>>>>>> default obfs4 bridge mercurius4 has not been running for a few months.
>>>>>>> It was refusing connections in March and April, and more recently has
>>>>>>> just been timing out. Time to remove it?
>>>>>>> pref("extensions.torlauncher.default_bridge.obfs4.6", "obfs4 EF577C30B9F788B0E1801CF7E433B3B77792B77A cert=0SFhfDQrKjUJP8Qq6wrwSICEPf3Vl/nJRsYxWbg3QRoSqhl2EB78MPS2lQxbXY4EW1wwXA iat-mode=0");
>>>>>> I'm not sure what's the requirement to get a bridge in Tor Browser but if you
>>>>>> are looking for a replacement, I've set up an obfs4 bridge couple weeks ago on
>>>>>> a server that is pretty fast an with a nice port (443). If it could be useful,
>>>>>> please let me known!
>>>> Yes, this would be great!  We need a lot more bandwidth for the TB default
>>>> obfs4 bridges ― the current bridges are pretty saturated.
>>>>> Yes, we're interested in having more bridges. Let's coordinate with Lynn
>>>>> and the TB maintainers so we can start measuring its reachability in
>>>>> advance. You should first block the bridge's ORPort, in order to keep it
>>>>> out of BridgeDB--that will help us in our blocking-delay experiment.
>>>> Were tickets ever created for removing mercurius4 and adding David Goulet's
>>>> bridge?
>>> Nope. Please lead the way :) or inform me what is needed on the ticket?
>> mercurius4 is gone already in 6.0.3 and 6.5a2 (#19714).
>> I'm hoping we can introduce one other bridge at the same time as David's
>> so we can do another test about whether they get blocked simultaneously.
> I made #19838 for adding dgoulet's bridge, and started asking if there's a
> second bridge we might add.

I'm building one now. Puppetry is ready, just waiting for the hardware. Eta 3 days or so. More info will follow. 


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