possible security hole(unsure)(really minor)
watsonbladd at gmail.com
Sun Apr 16 02:11:28 UTC 2006
I think a lot of people are using an out-of-date or incomplete spec.
is there a site with all the specs?
On 4/12/06, Paul Syverson <syverson at itd.nrl.navy.mil> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 12, 2006 at 03:06:24PM -0400, Watson Ladd wrote:
> > Its possible that a client picks two servers that don't currently have a
> > connection or have a connection with no other traffic between them to form a
> > hop. This results in complete lossage as only one client is sending data
> > through the connection, eliminating the security of that hop against timing
> > attacks. Do I have this wrong or is this a real issue?
> Both. Tor does not get security from mixing of traffic at a node but
> from the low probability that there is no attacker observing both
> endpoints of a Tor connection. While some trivial attacks are thwarted
> by the presence of other traffic through the same node, for the most
> part timing attacks can easily separate it. This was expected and
> described in the Tor design paper, and indicated in simulation
> elsewhere. It has now been empirically shown for at least for hidden-server
> connections on the Tor network, cf.,
> Note that the latest versions of Tor are not vulnerable to the described
> attacks because of countermeasures implemented earlier this year.
> Relatedly, see last year's "Low-Cost Traffic Analysis of Tor"
> available at http://freehaven.net/anonbib/
> The attacks in that paper only identify the Tor node endpoints not the
> client, and only when a client visits a hostile web site. And the
> attacks were conducted when the network was less than a tenth its
> current size; it is an open question if they would scale to the
> current network. Nonetheless, these two papers illustrate that one
> should not be thinking of Tor as a sort of mixnet, as it is often
> described, because that conveys an impression of mix-based security
> that Tor does not provide.
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