[tor-talk] Dropbox over Tor feedback

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Thu Apr 21 08:38:07 UTC 2011

On 21/04/2011 07:54, Jan Reister wrote:

>> I run Dropbox over Tor at very low bandwidth. I have detailed this setup
>> for others here:
>> http://openideals.org/2011/04/20/my-quick-guide-to-a-less-risky-dropbox/
> Nathan, did you audit the network traffic for non-Tor leaks? For
> example, using Wireshark to see if there's some dropbox-related stream
> that does not travel over Tor.

I know this is only indirectly related, but I recently wrote about how
the Dropbox mobile clients send file meta data over an unencrypted
network connection, in direct contradiction of what their public
documentation stated:


Instead of fixing the problem, they removed the bit of documentation
that stated that the meta data was encrypted. They didn't modify it to
state that the mobile clients send meta data unencrypted, they just
removed the bit stating otherwise.

If you're going to use Dropbox over Tor, it's definitely worth auditing
the network comms properly as you blatantly can't rely on trusting them.
Certainly use something like TrueCrypt with it.

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