[GSoC] Torflow question.

Mike Perry mikeperry at fscked.org
Wed Apr 2 17:09:59 UTC 2008

Thus spake Wojciech Walczak (wojtek.gminick.walczak at gmail.com):

> Hello All,
> I just wanted to ask if there is anybody working on a GSoC application for
> Tor (Tor Exit Scanner improvements especially) already, and, if not,
> what do you think about proposing a rewrite of Torflow Perl files (soat.pl,
> speedracer.pl and stream-server.pl) into Python?
> I know that the exact project is rather about improvements than rewriting,
> but I don't think that I will be able to do it all in three months (one of the
> reasons is that I haven't coded in Perl for a few years now; all I got
> is a few Perl books and spaghetti-flashbacks of my Perl code ;-)).
> What I would like to do is to rewrite files mentioned above and add
> HTML parser to it (possibly Beautiful Soup).
> I have already submitted two applications. First is for Google (my own
> sociological project; I guess it won't make it), and second is for Python
> Software Foundation (patching bugs from the Bug Tracker).
> The sociological thing is a priority for me, but I am not too optimistic about
> its acceptance.
> Patching bugs for Python is OK, but PSF is a crowded place and it is hard
> to get any feedback from PSF mentors as they are overloaded with apps,
> I guess.
> So, if there still is a place to fill, please, let me know.

As Sebastian stated, there are already a lot of apps for the exit
scanner. If you would like to work with Torflow, there are a lot less
apps for the node scanner (item #2 on the volunteer page):


You may want to have a look at the scanning bits of my defcon
talk/slides for more info on the arms race we face for these types of
scanners to ideas to help make writing the proposal easier:



and you should also look at the template we made for GSoC apps:


Alternatively, you could try to pick any other project from that
volunteer page that has a zero or low app count to increase your
chances of being selected. 

Mike Perry
Mad Computer Scientist
fscked.org evil labs
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