Konqueror & SOCKS with Tor+Privoxy

dr._no at cool.ms dr._no at cool.ms
Sun Jan 20 12:43:15 UTC 2008


for anonymity konqueror is one of the best browsers, because
you can turn off the browser and os identification, as you can see


And you can switch off the referrer by adding the following text to your
~/.kde/share/config/kio_httprc to disable the sending of the HTTP
referrer when following links. Note that this might break some web



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> Von: or-talk at freehaven.net
> Gesendet: 20.01.08 09:07:32
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> Betreff: Re: Konqueror & SOCKS with Tor+Privoxy

> --- Ringo Kamens <2600denver at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Using konqueror with tor can be dangerous. Since
> > it's not just a browser (also a desktop system), it
> > handles lots of different types of files such as
> > videos etc. 
> This does not sound like a very fair assessment of
> konqueror, in fact I would almost qualify this as FUD.
>  It sounds more like you don't really know if
> konqueror is secure or not and are simply assuming the
> worst about it.  (If you do know, please forgive me, I
> am just pointing out that it sounds like you are
> guessing.)
> Video files a konqueror specific thing?  Come on, most
> people are running firefox and windows.  These
> inherently support video/flash/java/javascript much
> better than most free linux distributions (which is
> probably what konqueror is running on.)   So with that
> logic a konqueror installation which does not have
> proprietary video support is going to be less
> susceptible to the types of vulnerabilities that you
> are suggesting.  However, I agree that konqueror is
> more extensible in some sense than most other
> browsers, and this should seriously be considered when
> making an evaluation.
> I will not make a specific judgment that konqueror is
> better or worse than firefox, but I certainly would
> not rule it out so quickly.  The default install of
> konqueror is much more tweakable than firefox at
> turning certain things off such as java, javascript,
> browser-id strings, adds, plugins, various file/MIME
> type support... Many of those things are in fact off
> by default until turned on!  The only thing that I am
> aware of that konqueror cannot easily turn off for tor
> usage is the HTTP_REFFERER string.
> But, I will be happy to hear about any specific known
> problems of using konqueror with tor.  If you know of
> any, please let us know!  I use konqueror with tor,
> but I do not have any actual need for anonymity, I
> just think that it is fun. :)
> -Martin
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