[tor-relays] FreeBSD 11.1 ZFS Tor Image

Shawn Webb shawn.webb at hardenedbsd.org
Sun Feb 25 21:50:44 UTC 2018

On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 09:05:00PM +0000, George wrote:
> Conrad Rockenhaus:
> > Hello All,
> > 
> > If anyone is interested, I have a RAW image of a FreeBSD 11.1 ZFS image that 
> > is fully configured and ready to run Tor. Right now it's an eight GB image, but 
> > I'm reducing the size by removing all of the extra stuff on it from the 
> > upgrade from FreeBSD 11 to 11.1.
> I think it's great to ease the implementation of Tor relays,
> particularly on BSDs.
> However, I'd be wary of an image that I didn't build myself, personally.

I agree with that sentiment. I would rather Tor relay operators set up
their systems themselves so that they know how that system is

I would also suggest users run operating systems that specialize in
security, like OpenBSD or HardenedBSD. Running Tor on FreeBSD opens
the door to mass exploitation via copy and paste style exploits. I
would caution against such setups. Tor has a very unique threat
landscape and the security of the relay should be of upmost

> The TDP wiki has a list of other BSD-offering VPSs, plus a script for
> Vultur to build on OpenBSD. I tend to think using other people's scripts
> that can be reviewed and hacked is a better gateway for new relay
> operators than images.

Agreed. Not only does the Tor network need to be diversified with
regards to operating system, but it also needs to be diversified with
regards to hosting providers. Tor needs to be resilient against any
and all attacks.


Shawn Webb
Cofounder and Security Engineer

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