[tor-talk] Tor-ramdisk 2014 20140309 released

Anthony G. Basile basile at opensource.dyc.edu
Sun Mar 9 22:38:23 UTC 2014

Hi everyone

I want to announce to the list that a new release of tor-ramdisk is out. 
Tor-ramdisk is an i686, x86_64 or MIPS uClibc-based micro Linux 
distribution whose only purpose is to host a Tor server in an 
environment that maximizes security and privacy. Security is enhanced by 
hardening the kernel and binaries, and privacy is enhanced by forcing 
logging to be off at all levels so that even the Tor operator only has 
access to minimal information. Finally, since everything runs in 
ephemeral memory, no information survives a reboot, except for the Tor 
configuration file and the private RSA key, which may be 
exported/imported by FTP or SCP.


This release bumps tor to version and the kernel to 3.13.5 plus 
Gentoo's hardened-patches.  All other components are kept at the same 
versions as the previous release.   We also add haveged, a daemon to 
help generate entropy on diskless systems, for a more cryptographically 
sound system.  Testing shows that previous versions of tor-ramdisk were 
operating at near zero entropy, while haveged easily keeps the available 
entropy close to 9000 bits. Upgrading is strongly encouraged.

Homepage: http://opensource.dyc.edu/tor-ramdisk
Download: http://opensource.dyc.edu/tor-ramdisk-downloads

Homepage: http://opensource.dyc.edu/tor-x86_64-ramdisk
Download: http://opensource.dyc.edu/tor-x86_64-ramdisk-downloads

Anthony G. Basile, Ph. D.
Chair of Information Technology
D'Youville College
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 829-8197

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