[tor-relays] Help with FreeBSD relays

xplato xplato at protonmail.com
Wed Mar 31 20:49:38 UTC 2021

Hi Shawn,

I looked at HardenedBSD and have actually moved to a different VPS so that can I use HBSD. FreeBSD was the only option I had at the time but both instances crashed repeatedly and it got so frustrating that I gave up on FreeBSD. I will give HardenedBSD a go.


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On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 10:12 AM, Shawn Webb <shawn.webb at hardenedbsd.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 01:09:45PM +0200, René Ladan wrote:
>> On 30-03-2021 15:47, Shawn Webb wrote:
>> > On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 02:36:36AM +0000, xplato wrote:
>> > > Greetings,
>> > >
>> > > I am a bit of a noob here so please bear with me. I ran a relay using Ubuntu with very few issues however I decide to add an additional relay and decided to use FreeBSD. They will only run for around 18 hours and then they shut down. I have adjust the torrc file every way I know how and increased the Max vnodes thinking this may have been my issue. I can post the sysrc and torrc if needed. Anyone that might help me figure this out I would be grateful otherwise I am going to reluctantly move them both back to Ubuntu.
>> > Emerald Onion runs over twenty Tor exit nodes on HardenedBSD 12 and
>> > 13. Given Tor's need for security, you might want to consider using
>> > HardenedBSD, a derivative of FreeBSD that implements exploit
>> > mitigations and security hardening technologies. FreeBSD's state of
>> > security leaves much to be desired. Tor's relay operators and users
>> > really should at least have exploit mitigations like ASLR and W^X
>> > applied.
>> But it won't fix the problem at hand, unless memory management in
>> HardenedBSD is different than in FreeBSD.
> Memory management is indeed different in HardenedBSD than in FreeBSD.
> HardenedBSD implemented a clean-room version of grsecurity's PaX ASLR.
> FreeBSD's version of ASLR, more appropriately called ASR, has known
> issues. HardenedBSD's does not.
> Thanks,
> --
> Shawn Webb
> Cofounder / Security Engineer
> HardenedBSD
> https://git.hardenedbsd.org/hardenedbsd/pubkeys/-/raw/master/Shawn_Webb/03A4CBEBB82EA5A67D9F3853FF2E67A277F8E1FA.pub.asc
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