Linux versions with TOR service integrated?

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by danielspencer2, Jul 17, 2009.

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  1. danielspencer2

    danielspencer2 Registered Member

    Do any linux versions come with a TOR service? Wouldn't it be great if linux versions integrated TOR or developed their own TOR because there will be alot more users which means lots more relays so faster browsing.
  2. chronomatic

    chronomatic Registered Member

    You can run TOR on Linux. All you have to do is install and configure. The distro should not matter.
  3. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

    Tor is a 3rd party tool, and most Linux distributions (maybe not all) have it in their repositories - maybe not an up-to-date version though. In which case, it is always possible to download the latest source code and compile and install it for your Linux distribution. The key thing is to properly configure both Tor - and your browser (e.g. Firefox about:config - set network.proxy.socks_remote_dns to true) to eliminate the possibility of DNS leaks, i.e. you want to be able to use the DNS service at your Tor exit node - not your ISP's sevice or whatever you have modified your hardware router to use as opposed to the nominal Unix/Linux way of specifying the DNS primary and secondary website names in /etc/resolv.conf.

    Vidalia and Tork are controllers worth exploring for anyone using Tor (maybe KDE environment only though), and their respective source code is also available for download and compilation. Again, these are third party software tools. It is also useful to couple Tor with Polipo (rather than Privoxy) which does pipelining that Privoxy does not do.

    -- Tom
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2009
  4. Climenole

    Climenole Look 'n' Stop Expert

    Hi Danielspencer2 :)

    There is a Tor version in the Ubuntu depot but not up-to-date...

    The best is to:

    1) add Tor depot in synaptic manager - configuration - 3rd part software

    deb jaunty main
    deb-src jaunty main

    2) then run these commands in a terminal:

    gpg --keyserver --recv 94C09C7F
    gpg --fingerprint 94C09C7F
    gpg --export 94C09C7F | sudo apt-key add

    3) Update with:

    sudo apt-get update

    4) Install the most recent version of Tor like this:

    sudo apt-get install tor

    5) Install Vidalia, a GUI to manage Tor deamon:

    From Synaptic manager...

    with this setup:

    Tor executable: /usr/sbin/tor
    Configuration file: /etc/tor/torrc

    6) You may create a new Firefox profile for Tor:

    Make a copy of Ff launcher (icon) the paste it on the destop and add this command line in the icon-launcher properties (right click):

    firefox %u --ProfileManager

    The lauch this Ff profile manager to create a new Ff profile, say "Tor"
    then add the extension FoxyProxy to use Tor without Privoxy...
    The extension ask you if you want to use it with Tor (very simple...)

    7) Now you have the Tor deamon + Vidalia + a Ff profile for Tor with FoxyProxy: you're ready to use Tor under Ubuntu...

    To run FF Tor profile directly from a launcher (icon) put this command line in the icon properties: firefox %u -P "Tor" (if the profile name is "Tor"...)

    Hope this help. Let us know.


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  5. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

    I would suggest using TorButton instead of FoxyProxy. My understanding is from the Tor documentation on its Tor Wiki.

    -- Tom
  6. Climenole

    Climenole Look 'n' Stop Expert

    Hi lotusclat79 :)

    That's right! Tor is bundled with Privoxy and Vidalia (for W and Mac) et i read somewhere that TorButton is "better"... May be but FoxyProxy works well AFAIK and Privoxy is not required. More simple IMHO.

    Have a nice day! :)
  7. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

    Hi Climenole,

    FoxyProxy is known to have DNS leaks as it does not use network.proxy.socks_remote_dns on the proxy side of business.
    Ref: Issue 21: Foxyproxy and perhaps other proxy managers leak dns queries.

    My impression was that FoxyProxy otherwise was for switching between different proxies, and Torbutton was for controlling the use/non-use of one proxy which it does with a single click very well.

    -- Tom
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