[tor-talk] wget - secure?

torsiris at tormail.net torsiris at tormail.net
Thu Apr 19 20:54:14 UTC 2012


I cannot confirm that wget (v1.12) is sending any DNS resolve when using
it this way:

wget --proxy --execute=http_proxy= -c

Wireshark does not show any UDP traffic.

I will check out curl. I like the idea of not using a http proxy in between.

Thanks for the post. :-)

> On 04/18/2012 11:40 PM, torsiris at tormail.net wrote:
>>> On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 4:56 AM, Maxim Kammerer <mk at dee.su> wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 11:37, Robert Ransom <rransom.8774 at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> Which version of wget did you audit?  What information leaks did you
>>>>> check for during your audit?
>> Hi,
>> How can I check what information wget is transmitting? I used wireshark
>> and filtered to see only the traffic sent from wget to localhost:8118
>> but
>> I'm not a network expert and I don't know how to interpret the data.
>> Anybody has deeper network knowledge?
> I've just checked wget, it does leak DNS even with http_proxy environment
> variable set.
> How to check:
> 1. Run wireshark
> 2. Select "Pseudointerface (any)" unless you know which interface to look
> at
> 3. Put "dns" into the Filter field and click "Apply" button
> DNS is easy to spot since it's almost always going to UDP port 53
> (exceptions
> are really rare).
> Then you'll see what DNS queries your host did at the time (obviously it's
> best
> to turn off any other program that could interfere in the measurement).
> These things can change on version-to-version basis of the same software,
> so
> it's always best to check your actual version with wireshark.
> Though curl is much better than wget in all recent versions at least, this
> does
> not leak DNS (--socks5-hostname is the important part; Tor SOCKS5 proxy is
> expected to run at port 9050):
> curl --socks5-hostname localhost:9050
> "http(s)://somesite.wherever/rest_of_url"
> Ondrej
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