[tor-relays] NSA knew about Heartbleed

Julien ROBIN julien.robin28 at free.fr
Sat Apr 12 10:08:06 UTC 2014

It was sooooooooo much previsible :)

Few days ago the bug was published, few years ago it was already there, and this kind of stuff totally matches with NSA's - and other state security agencies's - full-time work. 

So in fact there is no more usefull precipitation since Apr 7, but there is also No Way they haven't already found our keys, for a long time already.

May be after most part of the network have been updated (and most of the keys changed ?) it would be usefull to "kick out" of the network every compromised relays ?

As I'm better in understanding/avoiding bad habbits, than in using hacking techniques, I'm unable to know if computers that are hosting Tor Relays could have been entirely compromised : without anymore knowledge I decided to completely reinstall them. Do you think this is usefull ?

We cannot deny that this kind of "well-kept secrets" aren't usefull for the world in some conditions (I'm thinking about terrorist threats), but as for lot of similar subject, how many crap things have been done by these these "all powerful governments" by playing with such a security flaw... 

So I'm curious about what will happen now that we (are may be thinking that we) remove that opportunity they had in their hands.

At my side, waiting for what will happen now, I have completely erased and reinstalled my servers starting from 0, new passwords... let's hope that attention I have for avoiding bad habbits on my personnal computer are enough - for me and for others Tor relays Operators !

Best regards
Julien ROBIN

----- Mail original -----
De: "Jesse Victors" <jvictors at jessevictors.com>
À: tor-relays at lists.torproject.org
Envoyé: Samedi 12 Avril 2014 02:32:07
Objet: [tor-relays] NSA knew about Heartbleed

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Saw this article:

"The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a
flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now
dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical
intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA said in
response to a Bloomberg News article that it wasn?t aware of Heartbleed
until the vulnerability was made public by a private security report.
The agency?s reported decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of
national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over
the role of the government?s top computer experts."

Thanks NSA, glad you've got our backs there.

If you run a relay and you have been on one of the affected versions of
OpenSSL, I would urge you to STRONGLY CONSIDER your relay compromised.
Delete your keys per the recommendations and let Tor generate new ones.
It's better to cripple the network temporarily while we come back from
this, rather than preserving the uptime with possibly compromised keys.
Security matters here. Please follow the best practice recommendations.
If you run a web server, rekey your SSL certificates. Basically, if you
were affected, consider encryption to have been bypassed and passwords
and other sensitive information compromised. We cannot afford to take
chances here. If the NSA knew it, you can also bet that someone else
with a good static analyzer discovered it as well, I'll let you imagine one.

Good luck out there everyone, we really need to revoke our keys if we
were affected. Seriously, guys. It's worth it.

On a lighter note, https://xkcd.com/1354/

Stay safe. Live long and prosper.
Jesse V.

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