[tor-talk] Designing a secure "Tor box" for safe web browsing?

ra r_a at lavabit.com
Thu Mar 22 10:02:47 UTC 2012

On Sunday 14 August 2011 18:25:37 intrigeri wrote:
> Gozu-san wrote (07 Aug 2011 19:53:36 GMT) :
> > As the router for a VirtualBox internal network, ra's Tor gateway VM
> > <http://ra.fnord.at/> does basically what you describe.
> Interesting. I was not able to find the source code / documentation to
> build one's own VM image, which is frustrating.

I am sorry for that but I got limited resources for working on this project. 
The code for the gateway is now online and I am moving the whole project to 

> Although not that strongly related, this discussion makes me think of
> an idea that's been sleeping for a while in Tails' wishlist:
> https://tails.boum.org/todo/Two-layered_virtualized_system/

This is to some degree what I am implementing. Until deciding for a better 
name[1] I call the two parts "Tor gateway" and "Tor workstation". The gateway 
is still missing a few features[2] (and documentation especially) but it is 
out of a proof-of-concept-only state. (Whereas the "fast gateway" and 
workstation[3] are still proof-of-concept). Tails does a much better job at 
being a "Tor workstation" so it might be a good idea to try to make it fit into 
the virtualization concept - although VirtualBox does not support 
exporting VMs to OVA including a ISO by now.

[0] https://github.com/ra--/Tor-gateway
[1] https://github.com/ra--/Tor-gateway/wiki/Todo
[2] https://github.com/ra--/Tor-gateway/blob/master/TODO
[3] http://ra.fnord.at/2011/05/easy-and-secure-anonymous-internet-usage/

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