[tor-project] US congress wrote a letter to Google and Amazon on domain fronting

Alec Muffett alec.muffett at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 22:20:29 UTC 2018

On Wed, 18 Jul 2018, 18:03 Kate Krauss, <ailanthus at riseup.net> wrote:

> This is a helpful letter and domain fronting would probably benefit from
> more public advocacy. The letter did not get much media coverage. There
> will be lots of reporters at HOPE who may be interested and probably
> more than one organization that benefits from domain fronting.

Hi Kate!

I stand by my criticism as posted at:


…in short: that DF is an ugly hack that relies on "SNI" - a feature of SSL
which in daily life is leveraged to enable, not bypass, filtering and

It may be artfully ironic with DF to leverage SNI "for good", but it would
probably be wiser to learn to live without either/both, instead encouraging
wider adoption of the controversial "TLS 1.3" standard along with the draft
"encrypted SNI" feature.

This would be much more in keeping with the Tor ethos of "anonymity loves

That any Civil Society organisation is calling for the retention of SNI, is
a bit perverse.

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